Gov Ortom of Benue State commends UN on refugee support


* Says over 6000 need relocation

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has commended untiring efforts of the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) and other humanitarian actor’s for coming to the aid of the state in the wake of the humanitarian crises in the State.

Ortom who gave the commendation Saturday while speaking at an event to mark the handing over of about 239 hecters of land donated by the Benue State Government meant for the relocation of over 6000 Cameroonian refugees from Anyaki community to Ikyogen in Kwande Local Government Area expressed satisfaction with the activities of the organization for standing with the state through out the period of the crises.

The Governor who was represented by the Executive Secretary, Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Mr. Emmanuel Shior, at the occasion organized by the Benue State Government in conjunction with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to mark the relocation and official hand over of the refugees to leader’s of Ikyogen community,  explained that the decision became necessary so as to prepare enough land where the refugees could settle and as well carry out farming activities.

Ortom who disclosed that over 6000 refugees would be relocated in batches expressed satisfaction with the services available at the Ikyogen Camp even as he appreciated the UNHCR for standing with the state and called on other well spirited individuals and NGOS not to be tired of bringing in their support.

Chairman Kwande Local Government Council the host Terstea Yaakwan, and the traditional ruler in the area “Mue Ter” Kwande Simon Baver,all assured the refugees of security of lives and property and promised to engage them in activities that would help them recover fast from the trauma as well as called on the UNHCR officials to help the Benue State Government find a lasting solution to the problem.

In his remark head, UNHCR Ogoja explained that in collaboration with the Federal and the Benue State Governments as well as other partners, they were able to provide shelter, health care, education, water and sanitation services to the refugees.