The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, recently announced the launch of a significant initiative by the federal government aimed at providing a renewed sense of hope and shelter for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Benue.
During the flag-off ceremony at Tatyo and Kyo communities in Makurdi North LGA of Benue, Edu unveiled the commencement of constructing Renewed Hope shelters for IDPs. She emphasized President Bola Tinubu’s commitment to collaborating with states to facilitate the resettlement of IDPs in their ancestral homes.
“The people of Benue have endured enough pain and struggle. President Tinubu’s vision is for them to experience a time of rejoicing,” Edu stated passionately during the ceremony.
Edu highlighted the primary goal of the project in Benue: fulfilling the promise to tackle poverty and humanitarian crises in the region. She echoed the President’s agenda, emphasizing the pivotal role of Benue in achieving national food security.
“President Tinubu is resolute in his desire to eliminate IDP camps and the indignity of makeshift shelters. His focus is to provide dignified homes for the people of Benue,” Edu affirmed. “This project is set to be completed within six months, ensuring IDPs can swiftly return to their ancestral homes.”
Each cluster will consist of 20 houses, enabling the displaced individuals to resettle within their respective communities. Edu highlighted the local involvement in building these houses by sourcing materials within Benue and engaging the community in the construction process.
Governor Hyacinth Alia of Benue expressed the eagerness of IDPs to return to their homes, emphasizing their desire to resume their farming activities. Alia credited the collaboration between various groups, including youth, security forces, and faith-based organizations, in ensuring the successful rehabilitation and return of displaced persons to their ancestral lands.
The initiative aims to provide not just homes but a sense of dignity and security to those who have longed to return to their roots and rebuild their lives in the wake of conflict and displacement.