Benue State government has concluded plans to convert the international market built by the previous administration to permanent internal displaced persons, IDPs, camp.
This was disclosed by the state Commissioner for Water Resources and Environment, Nicholas Wende, during an interface with newsmen in Makurdi yesterday.
Although he acknowledged that adequate facilities in the market had got to 80 percent, Wende maintained that the state capital had enough market to cater for the people of the state.
The international market, which was built by former Dovernor Gabriel Suswam at a whopping sum of over N2billion, was constructed to compliment other existing markets in the capital city.
The market is rated a world class, considering the facilities which include 40 toilets, motorised water plant, clinic, security post and host of others.
Wende, who spoke on the displaced persons numbering about 2000, said that government had provided enough relief materials for them, adding that the enough facilities in the market prompted the state government to turn the place to permanent IDPs camp.
He further disclosed that the state government paid the sum of N300million to restore water to Katsina Ala and Otukpo towns, after the water plant was shut down for two years due to an outstanding N1.9billion by the previous administration.
The commissioner, however, promised that the Samuel Ortom-led administration was committed to the payment of the outstanding money to the contractor as well as clearing the refuse within the capital city.

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