Concerned Taraba Tiv Youth Frontier, CTTYF has tasked the Taraba state governor, Darius Ishaku to expedite action on the return of the Internally Displaced Persons in the state.
Fielding questions from journalists yesterday, the chairman of the group, Mr. Goodman Dan Dahida disclosed that the children of the IDPs were being denied their right to education and other necessities of life with serious psychological effects of crisis on their lives and called on Ishaku to ensure their return to their homes.
The chairman said that since January last year, “people from
central and southern parts of the state were forced out of their homes
and are either taking refuge in camps or staying with friends within or outside the state without government giving attention to their plight.”
According to the chairman, the prolonged stay of the IDPs who are predominantly farmers outside of their normal places of abode has negative effect on the state economy insisting that Governor Ishaku should urgently address this to give them a sense of belonging.
While blaming the past governments in the state for not having the political will to end series of crisis in the state, Dahida called on Ishaku to act differently to end incessant killings in the state for peace and development of the state.
He lamented that attempts by the displaced persons to return to their homes were being met with stiff resistance from some local chiefs and the attackers and appealed to the governor to issue a public statement directing IDPs to return to their ancestral homes and the local chiefs to ensure the safety of the IDPs.
Lamenting further, Dahida noted that “some persons are today illegally occupying houses and farmlands belonging to the IDPs especially in Gassol and Bali local government areas.” He urged the governor to order them to vacate such places to allow the original inhabitants to return.
The chairman noted with satisfaction, the steps taken so far by the governor to meet religious leaders in the state to find ways of ending violent clashes in the state even as he believed that the governor would bring peace back to the tate.