For­mer min­is­ter makes case for dis­placed Nige­ri­ans

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

For­mer min­is­ter of State for Niger Delta, Sam Ode, has ex­pressed the need for a con­sti­tu­tional pro­vi­sion that would en­able the pro­tec­tion of in­ter­nally dis­placed people and vic­tims of ter­ror­ists at­tack in the coun­try.

Ode said in Makurdi at the weekend that if such is em­bed­ded in the na­tion’s con­sti­tu­tion, it would af­ford the over 500, 000 people in Benue State who were dis­placed due to in­ces­sant at­tacks by in­sur­gents ac­cess to com­pul­sory care.

“As you can see, these people are rather un­for­tu­nate as they have been dis­placed for no just cause and are liv­ing un­der ter­ri­ble in­hu­man con­di­tions. We need to as­sist them in the area of shel­ter, cloth­ing, food and more im­por­tantly, we need to re­set­tle them back to their com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

The min­is­ter, who also do­nated re­lief ma­te­ri­als worth mil­lions of naira at the Saint Mary’s Pri­mary School, North Bank and Saint Fran­cis Par­ish, Daudu all in Makurdi, urged the govern­ment to pro­vide ad­e­quate se­cu­rity so that dis­placed people can re­turn to their com­mu­ni­ties.

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