Fed Govt called to rebuild destroyed houses of internally displaced persons in Agatu LGC, Benue State
The federal government has been called upon to rebuild all destroyed houses belonging to internally displaced persons in Agatu local government council of Benue state, so that they can go back to their homes and resume their farming activities.
Speaking to newsmen on Friday in Jos, the country director representing APUIRIMAC (a Non-Governmental Organisation), Mr Godwin Okoko, disclosed that the restructuring of all the destroyed houses will enable the people to go back and resettle and to pick up their lives once again.
According to him, “I had the opportunity to visit the displaced persons’ camp to see their deplorable condition where many women and children are suffering – no food, no shelter and poor recreational facilities.”
He expressed concern over renewed killings of innocent people of Agatu local government area of the state, adding that there is need for government to create a platform form for dialogue between the farmers and herdsmen, in order to end the crisis.
He described the attack as barbaric and uncalled for, while expressing sadness for the people of Benue state, who have been living peacefully, to be killed by unknown gunmen.
The director told newsmen that his office is partnering with traditional rulers to organize trauma and dialogue counseling to train the people on how to recover from their trauma.
According to him, “In managing crisis in Agatu, security should be deployed to protect lives and properties of the people so that they can go back to their communities, and also to rebuild them with confidence.”
He said, “We need to safeguard the sanctity of lives of human beings not to allow them to be killed by suspected masqueraders,” adding that, “the plight of those internally displaced people is a serious cause for concern and a challenge to the affected communities, who need urgent support to go back and begin their new lives.
“It is quite unfortunate with the rising cases of violence and killings within and outside Nigeria, which has to do with issues of farmers and Fulani herdsmen that had wrecked havoc to many lives, but an issue that has never been adequately addressed.”
The director further said, “Before now, the population was just 60 million but Nigeria is having over 170 million people. We don’t expect us to remain the same after 50 years back, but to strategies on new Nigeria.”