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'Clashes ruin Plateau's economy'

15 April 2013, 07:24

Jos - Mrs Joyce Ramnap, a member of the Plateau State House of Assembly, on Sunday said that the protracted crises rocking Plateau were ruining the state’s economy.

Ramnap (PDP-Langtang South) told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos that the incessant attacks by unknown gunmen on people in various communities had adversely affected the economy.

She noted that investors were avoiding the state, while farmers in affected communities had fled to camps set up for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) because of the crises.

Ramnap said that no fewer than 11 persons in her constituency were killed by gunmen on Friday, April 12, while several others, including women and children, who sustained severe injuries, were currently receiving treatment at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH).

The lawmaker urged the government and relevant agencies to make urgent efforts to check the attacks so as to save the state’s economy from an imminent collapse, as many farmers had become IDPs, while investors were avoiding the state.

Ramnap stressed that since the last week’s attack; more than 10 000 farmers had fled their homes and farms, adding that they were now taking refuge at nearby primary schools as IDPs due to the fear of probable attacks.

"This is a big challenge to us, as the rainy season, which heralds the farming season, is fast approaching.

"Now, these unknown gunmen are busy killing farmers in the communities, forcing them to run away and abandon their farms.

"Anything that will distort the peace of these areas will definitely distort the peace of the farmers, and this will ultimately impact negatively on the economy of the state.

"It will affect us as a people; it will affect the economy of our communities and the economy of Plateau State by extension because many people largely depend on agriculture for their survival," she said.

Ramnap reiterated that the unfortunate development would portend doom for the state’s economy.

She, however, called on the newly constituted Plateau State Emergency Management Agency (PSEMA) to assist the displaced persons with basic needs.

The lawmaker also appealed to the Plateau Government and Federal Government to make concerted and decisive efforts to end the crises.

Ramnap urged the security agencies and other stakeholders to be more proactive in their efforts to restore peace in the state.


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