IDPs In Plateau State Decry Abandonment By Govt – Gyendeng
The Federal government has been urged to team up with Plateau State governments to urgently attend to the rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to enable them go and start a new life in their abode.
A member representing Barki-Ladi Constituency, Hon. Peter Gyendeng, stated this in the plateau state House of Assembly Wednesday in Jos, while presenting a motion to the House. He reiterated that these IDPs find it extremely difficult to return to their villages, adding that the situation faced by some of them is such that had led many to attempt to return (home) but on several occasions were chased out by armed men – resulting to a peak of hardship, which has compelled most of them to resort to begging for alms for survival.
He decried that, the IDPs were left without any assistance from appropriate authorities, and such can constitute social vices. Hon Gyendeng also requested for more security surveillance in the affected areas of crisis.
In their various contributions, the members said, despite the return of peace, there was still need for the security operatives to as a matter of urgency make efforts to go round to collect illegal weapons that are in public hands.
The members further sued for the involvement of various local governments that have IDPs in their rehabilitation camps, as they were closer to them. They also called on the Federal government to extend its rehabilitation programme of the North East of the state, which currently is host to a lot of the IDPs.