BENUE State Governor Samuel Ortom has solicited the support of Nigerians to cushion the effect of the humanitarian crisis in the state occasioned by the over five years’ stay of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in camps.
The governor spoke yesterday at separate thanksgiving masses held at St Dominic Catholic Church Sachi and St Joseph’s Quasi-Parish Nyon to mark the birthday celebrations of the Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly, Titus Uba and Wanteregh Paul Unongo.
Ortom acknowledged the support of the church, especially the Bishop of Makurdi Diocese, Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe, the governments of Rivers, Taraba and Akwa Ibom states, donor and faith-based organisations as well as individuals to the plight of the over 1.5 million IDPs.
He said the humanitarian crisis has overstretched resources of the state, appealing for the intervention of good spirited individuals, governments, corporate organisations and civil society groups in meeting the needs of the displaced people.
The governor called on Nigerians to continue to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders to enable them provide leadership that would engender peace and unity in the country.
He congratulated the celebrators on their birthday celebrations and wished them greater days ahead.
Describing the Speaker Titus Uba as a humble personality under whose leadership the state assembly enacted people-oriented laws, the governor described Paul Unongo as an ‘encyclopedia’ in Nigerian politics under whose tutelage he learnt a number of things about leadership.
Ortom directed his Commissioner for Works and Transport to immediately swing into action to ensure the opening of an access road to St Dominic Science School Ayu with a pledge to also ensure that the worship centre in the area has a good car park.
The celebrators expressed gratitude to God for adding a year to their years, even as they also thanked the governor and other guests for identifying with them on the occasion.