‎UNHCR provides Benue IDPs with agric materials




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MAKURDI – Nations High for Refugees in Nigeria has provided Benue with agricultural materials to support estimated 10,000 Internally Persons (IDPs) residing there. provisions include basic items to allow the IDPs to resume agricultural livelihoods, including herbicide, high-yielding maize and rice seeds, aluminum pots, aluminum zinc and mosquito nets.
While handing over of agricultural provisions to Benue Government for distribution, liaison officer of UNHCR Nigeria, Mr. Wahid Ben Amor, on behalf of the UNHCR Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ms. Angele Dikongue-Atangana, conveyed the importance of this aid, stating that IDPs would be able to return to agrarian lifestyle to again earn an income.
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Amor thanked Benue Government for continued efforts to alleviate plight of IDPs and affirmed UNHCR Nigeria’s commitment to continue to assistance and protection to IDPs.
In his remarks the Benue State , Mr. Gabriel Suswam, represented by the Attorney of the Benue State, assured UNHCR that both local and state governments would continue to with partners like UNHCR to find a lasting solution to the IDPs .
UNHCR Nigeria has a longstanding partnership with Benue State, including through BENGONET, a consortium of Benue State NGOs. At the beginning of the year, UNHCR and its partners repatriated over 400 Cameroonian refugees to Cameroon, which Benue State had been hosting since 2008.