24 September 2013

Nigeria: Nasarawa Crisis - 7,000 Displaced Persons Seek Refuge in Plateau - Commissioner

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Nasarawa State map

About 7000 people displaced from the violence in Nasarawa State are said to have taken refuge in the southern part of Plateau State.

The Plateau State Commissioner of Information, Yiljap Abraham, made the disclosure on Monday in Jos, at a news conference after an emergency Plateau executive council meeting presided over by the deputy governor, Ignatius Longjan, at the government lodge, Jishe.

According to Mr. Yiljap, the internally displaced people from the neighboring state have taken refuge in Qanpan and Shendam Local Government Areas of the state, hence the need to assist them with basic necessities.

"We do hope that the situation over there returns to normal, so that they can go back and live as it used to be," he said.

Mr. Yiljap said government has concluded arrangements through the Plateau State Emergency Agency, SEMA, to provide basic and immediate needs to the victims, stressing that the deputy governor will this week lead a government delegation to assess the situation.

"SEMA has been mandated to take quick actions to assist the displaced persons," he said.

Speaking on other matters deliberated upon during the emergency council meeting. Mr. Yiljap said N300 million has been approved for the 2013 Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.

"This is to ensure that Plateau residents prepare for life after here," he said.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Information told journalists that council approved N7.9 billion for completion of some road projects in the 17 local governments of the state and to also construct new ones.

"Governor Jang has pledged not to leave any project undone before the expiration of his tenure," he said.

The Plateau council also discussed the immunisation of children between 9 months and 5 years against measles in the first week of October. Residents between one and 29-years-old are also to be immunised against cerebrospinal meningitis in November, the Commissioner of Health, Fom Dakwat, told journalists.

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