OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a motion urging the federal government to immediately release the sum of ten billion naira meant for resettlement and intervention services for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Plateau state.
The House which made the decision after resumption from a two weeks holiday, further mandated relevant government agencies to as a matter of fact swing into action to resettle and rebuild the destroyed communities.
The House also resolved to urge the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency to assist the state government to commence rebuilding of all destroyed health facilities.
This followed a motion moved by Mr. Simon Mwadkwon (PDP, Plateau) which expressed concern over the mass murder of June 18, 2018 which affected more than 20 communities in his federal constituency.
According to him, “over 280 persons including women, men and children were reportedly killed by suspected herdsmen in more than 20 communities in Gashish, Gana, Ropp, Forom and Bachit district of Barkin Ladi and Riyom local government areas of Plateau state.
He said ” the role played by the armed forces in the mode of their operation and response to the attacks is worrisome and capable of causing massive apathy and loss of confidence in the part of the people. Almost a year after no single arrest and prosecution has been made so far. That crimes of this nature have continued to harvest our people across the constituency, causing the agrarian communities to abandon their farms”.
Supporting the motion, Mr. Dachung Bagos (PDP, Plateau) said the motion was very apt, recalling that the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo ,while on a visit to Plateau state, promised that the displaced persons will be rehabilitated and resettled.
He further stressed that, “this motion should be a wake up call for the federal government to attend to the plight of the IDPs and other victims of killings”.
Another member from Akwa Ibom (PDP), Mr. Henry Archibong, speaking in favor of the motion said over 13,000 IDPs in Plateau cannot be neglected.