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Plateau State victims receive relief aid

16 September 2014, 08:57Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Gyang Nyam Pwajok, the Senator representing Plateau North in the National Assembly, has presented relief material to local victims of communal attacks.

According to the lawmaker, the assistance is part of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) relief package which his constituency received following his appeal for federal government disaster assistance.

Addressing the villagers, Pwajok said he was deeply touched by the agony, suffering and pains inflicted on the people of his constituency especially in Riyom Jos South and Barkin Ladi LGAs.

He added that the goods donated were to cushion the effect of their plight.

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“I share in your grief in this period of great loss which accounts for this gesture. I can assure you of our continuous support but more importantly, legislative steps will be taken to ensure that necessary machinery is put in place to permanently solve the problem,” he said.

He said his constituency, especially rural communities, had faced a record number of attacks by insurgents in recent years but pledged he was committed with the support of government and non-governmental  agencies to help.

“The disaster donation we are offering, the peace dialogue that we are supporting and the recent federal government initiative through victims support funds headed by Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma  to assist victims of insurgents attacks will help ease the disaster recovery process for communities now and in the future.”

The Senator also commended Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) Jos Forum, led by Dr. Yakubu Sankey, for initiating peace and reconciliation meetings amongst the Beroms and the Fulanis saying this would yield positive results.

He also commiserated with the displaced Fulanis and presented cash donation of N1,5 million to Fulani heads to help them acquire some calf to cushion the effect of the lost they also suffered during the attacks

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Chairman of Riyom LGA, Josephine Piyo, expressed immense gratitude to the Senator, for personally visiting the affected communities and for coming to their aid, stressing that this show of love, humility, understanding and sympathy will never be in vain.

Representative of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Eugene Nyelong said that the Federal Government was disturbed by the extent of damage recorded in Plateau North due to incessant communal attacks, promising Government’s continued determination to tackle the situation.

Meanwhile, some of the relief material donated by the Senator include bags of rice, millets, corn, sugar, salt, cartoons of bath soap and detergent, wax prints, cooking utensil, indomie noodles, mattresses, blankets and mosquito nets.

The items will also be donated to the affected communities in Jos South and Barkin Ladi LGAs accordingly.

The material was presented at Jol and Rim communities in Riyom Local Government Area.

- CAJ News


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