Chairman, Kurmi local government area of Taraba State, Mr. Stephen Agya, has appealed to the federal and state governments to come out with better ways to assist the council in alleviating the suffering of the internally displaced persons, IDPs, in the area.
Fielding questions from journalists yesterday in Jalingo, the Taraba state capital, the chairman noted that thousands of IDPs had been in camps in the area due to series of communal clashes and rainstorm.
The chairman informed that a combined team of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA and the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA had carried out assessment of damage in the area five months ago but no assistance had yet been given.
According to him, “I want to appeal to the federal and state governments to come to the aid of the council in taking care of the victims of communal clashes and rainstorm, who have been in the camps for so long.”
NEMA and SEMA, the chairman disclosed, “had carried out assessment of the level of damage in the area, five months ago but no assistance has yet been given.”
The council, Agya revealed, has been doing its best in catering for the IDPs but due to inadequate resources at its disposal, the assistance of the emergency agency is much needed.
Agya called on the IDPs to forgive one another and embrace peace in order to attract development to their communities when they return home and assured that Governor Darius Ishaku was making concerted efforts to address security challenges facing their communities to ensure their safe return home.
It could be recalled that the prolonged communal and religious crises in southern and central parts of the state has displaced thousands of people and rendered them homeless for over two years.

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