Abuja - The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has donated agricultural inputs to 10,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) residing in Benue.
This is contained in a statement issued by Hanson Tamfu, the External Relations Officer of UNHCR Nigeria, and made available to media on Sunday in Abuja.
The inputs, which included basic agricultural items, were to enable the IDPs to resume their farming activities distorted as a result of several communal clashes.
It listed the inputs and other items donated as herbicide, high-yielding maize and rice seeds, household items, mosquito nets, among others.
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The statement also quoted Angele Dikongue-Atangana, the UNHCR Country Representative, as saying that the aid will enable IDPs to return to their agrarian life and begin to earn their income again.
Handing over the items to the Benue Government, Dikongue-Atangana thanked the state government for its continuous efforts to alleviate the plight of IDPs.
Represented by Wahid Ben-Amor, the Senior Liaison Officer of UNHCR Nigeria, Dikongue-Atangana affirmed the High Commission’s commitment to providing protection to IDPs across the country.
Governor Gabriel Suswam who spoke, assured UNHCR that the items would be distributed and utilised effectively.
Suswam said that Benue has a longstanding relationship with UNHCR through the consortium of NGOs in the state, through which they have carried out several humanitarian activities.