The United Nations High Commission for Refugees ( UNHCR) has commended the government of Benue state under Governor Samuel Ortom for providing a smooth and enabling environment for their operations in Benue state, particularly at the various Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs camps across the state.

Speaking during an interactive and assessment session with the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), held at MT Square Hotel in Makurdi, the country representative in Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr. Anthonio Jose Canhandula said they were happy working with Hon. Emmanuel Shior, Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA.

He said Benue State through SEMA had provided the enabling atmosphere for the feats they had achieved in their humanitarian assignments in the state.

Mr. Canhandula, who also acknowledged the financial intervention of Hon. Shior in some critical areas on behalf of his organization, promised better collaborative days ahead especially in 2019.

He called for proper documentation of landed property availed to the organization by the state government to avoid issues of incursion by host communities.

Also speaking during the interactive session, Head of Sub-office, Calabar, Mr. Josiah Feomo, called for deployment of security personnel to both the refugee and IDP camps to ensure their safety at all times.

Executive Secretary of SEMA, Mr. Emmanuel Shior expressed satisfaction with the services of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in the state especially the supply of food items to IDPs camps across the state.

Hr expressed the readiness of the Ortom administration to continue to partner with any organization that was ready to provide humanitarian services to the state including UNHCR.

The Executive Secretary also expressed the believe that with 2019 around the corner, Benue state looked forward for a more robust partnership with the organization.

He however enumerated some challenges that stood against effective service delivery in IDP camps to include lack of Funds, inadequate cash based interventions to take care of security situations, fueling of project vehicles among others.

“We have acquired and paid for an office in Adikpo for 2 years…we only need a support to supply furniture, employ some staff to man the office as well as provide computers, splinters as well as a generator for full take off of the office,” Shior stressed.

Mr David Azenda, supervisor, IDP camps accompanied the State Executive Secretary, Mr. Shior to the interactive session.

Source: Nigerian Concord Newspaper


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