Benue Governor Samuel Ortom has welcomed the support of ActionAid Nigeria to the struggles of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Benue, in terms of provision of relief materials, interventions in health and other areas.
Ortom made the commendation in a statement while receiving the Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria, Mrs Ene Obi, in Makurdi.
He expressed his regret in the increase in the number of IDPs in the state due to renewed and sustained attacks on Benue communities.
Ortom noted that resources of the state had been greatly affected by the increase in humanitarian crisis.
He directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to make buses and ample security available for personnel of the ActionAid Nigeria for them to effectively carry out their operations.
Earlier, Obi said that ActionAid Nigeria, will provide relief materials to 2,500 displaced households in Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue.
She further stated that the provision of relief materials was to complement efforts of Benue Government at providing relief materials to thousands of IDPs in the areas.
The materials provided include food, non food items like blankets, jerry cans, buckets, plates, mosquito nets and dignity kits for women and children.
Obi also implored the government for support to help execute the assignment in the area.
The country director described the development in Konshisha as “very sad”, adding that women and children have always suffered the most due to terrorism and banditry.