Tinubu not interested in keeping IDPs in camps, shanties – Betta Edu 

The Minister Humanitarians Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Dr. Betta Edu Wednesday expressed the resolve of the President Ahmed Bola Tinubu administration to return all internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their ancestral home.

The minister was in Benue for a two days working visit and performed a ground breaking ceremony for resettlement of the IDPs at Tatyor in Mbagwen, Makurdi local government area of Benue state. 

Speaking at the occasion, the minister said the President Tinubu administration was not interested and will not keep IDPs’ camps or shanties but return them to their homes so that they can live a normal life and continue to work to develop their families and the nation.

She said the resettlement project, which is supposed to be completed in 16 Months will be done in phases beginning with 20 houses to be completed in six months across the 8 local government areas affected in the state.

According to her, while the federal government will provide the funding for the project, the projects will be carried out using locals, to execute manual labour and supply materials.

She said it was the desire of the federal government under President Tinubu leadership to put an end to the suffering of people chased from their homes to the IDPs camps.

According to her, “Benue has cried enough, Benue has suffered this pain enough and the President has said he will not allow the people to continue to wallow in IDPs camps.

“When I stepped down I felt a lot of pains seeing the ruins in the state caused by the herders attack.”

Earlier, Governor Hyacinth Alia while speaking said the last 8 years in Benue were tortuous due to the activities of the marauders.

According to the governor, though killing as it was before he took over mantle of leadership in Benue has reduced, there were still some isolated cases which still happen in the state.