In response to the humanitarian challenges at the camps of the internally displaced persons in Plateau State, eminent personalities have been
visiting e politicians are putting smiles on their faces, writes GOLOK NANMWA

The Peoples Democratic
Party in Plateau state had
been coming to the aid of
internal displaced persons,
IDPs, from the North-east
of the country taking refuge
in the state. Recently, the
former senator representing
Plateau North in the
National Assembly and
former gubernatorial flag
bearer of the, PDP, Gyang
Pwajok, suggested that the
best way to address the
plight of IDPS in the country
is to eliminate insurgency
through concerted effort.
The senator gave the
suggestion in Jos recently
when he visited some of
the IDPS, at the Ekklesiyar
Yan’uwa a Nigeria church
recently. Pwajok who was
visibly touched by the plight
of the IDPS, said the Nigeria
experience and challenges
requires that people should
come together no matter
their ethnic or religious
differences to fight their
common enemy.
The Senator who thanked
former President Goodluck
Jonathan for working
tirelessly towards providing
permanent solution to the
security challenges in the
country and it’s timely
response to the plight of the
IDPs, urged citizens to pray
for the country’s security
forces for God to give them
the wisdom and ability to
fight insurgency.
“Government is making
efforts to restore peace and
security in the affected
communities to enable
the displaced persons
return home. Authorities
are concerned about the
education of the children
who have been affected
by the security challenges
in the North-East.
Arrangements are being
made for the children to
continue schooling,” he
said.
Welcoming Pwajok,
the executive director of
the Centre for Caring,
Empowerment and Peace
Initiative, CCEPI, Dr.
Rebecca Dali, said the IDPS,
who are from the Northeastern
part of Nigeria
need more intervention and
assistance to help them nurse
the pains and trauma of their
displacement. She then called
on philanthropists, corporate
bodies and well- meaning
Nigerians to assist the
centre towards reducing the
suffering of citizens who have
fallen victims of insurgency.
She added that the centre is
currently taking care of over
19,000 displaced persons, and
women and children forms
the majority. The Senator
presented relief materials
worth millions of naira to the
displaced persons on behalf
of the federal government
through the National
Emergency Management
Agency, NEMA.
One of the IDPs who gave
her name as Ladidi said, “we
are now pleased with the
immediate past president and
the military over the success
recorded in the fight against
insurgency”.
It could be recalled that
the Plateau State Emergency
Management Agency, SEMA,
working on the former
state governor, Jonah Jang’s
directive had recently visited
affected communities of the
Mangu Local Government
crisis and pledged immediate
provision of relief materials
to victims. Alhassan Barde,
SEMA executive secretary,
made the pledged in Sarbot
and Dumule villages while
addressing some of the
victims, who had returned
to their burnt and destroyed
homes.
It could be recalled that
the crisis engulfed the once
peaceful Mangu Local
Government Area towards the
end of 2014 and left several
persons dead, one missing
and several others wounded.
Barde, while addressing the
affected Mwaghavul and
Fulani people, described the
crisis as “uncalled for and
very unfortunate. We are to
assess the level of damage and
see how as an agency we can
render some assistance to you.
“By the time we get the
report of our assessment to
the governor, I am assuring
you that we shall return
immediately with the desired
relief materials to you people,”
he said.
Speaking earlier at the
occasion, the council chairman,
Caleb Mutfwang, had told
SEMA that the incident was
not a communal clash but a
“criminal” act perpetrated by
some unpatriotic people who
decided to take the law into
their hands.
Mutfwang said that
the council, traditional
rulers, especially leaders of
Mwaghavul tribe and Fulani
herdsmen, had held series of
meetings and resolved to live
in peace with one another.
He said that all the IDPs had
been asked to return to their
homes since peace had been
restored.
The paramount ruler of
Mangu District, Da John
Hirse, also urged SEMA
officials, who paid him a
courtesy call, to take prompt
action at assisting the victims.
In a related development,
the Council Chairmen’s
Wives Association, Plateau
State branch, donated relief
materials to the IDPs currently
residing in Plateau State.
Items donated include bags
of rice, bags of beans, 300
tubers of yams, cartons of
bar soaps, wrappers and
other clothing.
Chairperson of the
association, Juliana Shan,
wife of the chairman
of Qua’an Pan Local
Government area, Hon.
Theophilus Dakas-
Shan, said “as wives and
mothers, they were deeply
touched by the hardship
the IDPs are going through
and deem it proper to
identify with them. We
call on government to step
up efforts in ensuring that
peace is restored in northeast
of the country which
has been under insurgency
attack”. Mrs Shan
encouraged the displaced
persons to always put their
trust in God as he alone can
see them through.
Receiving the items,
EYN president, Reverend
Samuel Dali expressed
gratitude to the show of
love and concern by the
council chairmen’s wives
saying the gesture will go
a long way in assisting
the displaced persons. He
prayed to God to reward
their labor of love for the
peaceful conduct of the
forth coming general
elections.


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