The Governor of Plateau State, Caleb Mutfwang, has said that plans by his administration to resettle Internally Displaced Persons back to their ancestral homes are on course.
The Director of Press and Public Affairs, Gyang Bere, in a statement on Saturday, said the governor spoke while launching the distribution of relief materials to the displaced persons in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state on Friday.
The statement read, “Friday marked a moment of joy at the Internally Displaced Persons camp in Nding, Barkin-Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State as Governor Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang officially launched the distribution of relief materials to those residing in the camp.
“The provisions, including rice, salt, cooking oil, and more, were handed over to households comprising orphans, widows, and elderly individuals significantly affected by decades of attacks that claimed numerous lives”
Mutfwang, urged the IDPs to remain resilient, relying on divine protection, and assured them of continued government support to address their challenges.
He said, “As a government, we are committed to ensuring the resettlement of our people to their ancestral homes. Plateau residents are industrious and self-reliant; they prefer earning their livelihoods rather than depending on handouts. This is the direction we will take as a government.”
The governor expressed gratitude to Dr. Rechad Ikiebe and his family for sourcing the relief materials.
He commended their selfless service and intervention globally highlighting the true narrative behind the conflicts in Plateau, Benue, and Taraba.
“You have been at the forefront of advocating for justice on the Plateau, carrying the burdens of our people in oppressed situations. Sir, we extend our heartfelt thanks, and may your efforts be rewarded abundantly. Your impactful work will not be in vain,” the governor added
Mutfwang further directed the extension of Christmas rice distribution to individuals in IDP camps, ensuring they can celebrate the season despite their circumstances.
He called on the people of the state to unite and share with those in need during the festive period.
Ikiebe, in his remarks, said his team had visited displaced communities in the state where destroyed houses and churches were seen without people. He emphasized the dire need for relief materials to assist those who have lost family members and parents to enable them to partake in the Christmas festivities.
He thanked the governor for standing by the Plateau people during challenging times and pledged unwavering support to address the plights of the IDPs.