Humanitarian minister Betta Edu, Matawalle visit survivors of Plateau massacre
Matawalle and Betta Edu in Plateau State
Published By: Taiwo Okanlawon
By Taiwo Okanlawon
…Minister commences deployment of relief materials
The Federal Government has commenced the immediate deployment of food and non-food relief materials to communities and survivors of the Christmas Eve attacks by marauding gunmen in Plateau State.
Nigeria’s Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu, stated this while speaking with newsmen in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
The Minister, who visited the affected communities for an on-the-spot assessment of the affected area with her counterpart from the Ministry of Defence and Service Chiefs, was on the ground to coordinate humanitarian responses.
Edu also visited churches and some IDPs’ camps where she observed a minute silence for the dead and addressed worshippers and victims who were taking refuge for protection after the attacks.
She assured them of President Bola Tinubu’s commitment to bringing lasting solutions in terms of security and resettlement of people resident in the state.
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She said the humanitarian response would be made available almost immediately in line with the presidential directive, stating that “durable solutions would be provided while we rebuild to help them return to their ancestral homes.”
The Minister also said her ministry will partner with the Nigerian Military and the Plateau State Government to distribute the relief materials.
“The President has asked us to come to Plateau State to see what was on ground; he has also directed the immediate deployment of relief materials, including food items like rice, grains, vegetable oil, and non-food items like mattresses, clothes, blankets, among others, as well as other personal effects they will need while we plan for more durable solutions to their needs to enable them to go back to their ancestral homes,” she said.
Over 100 persons were massacred in about 15 communities in Barkin Ladi, Mangu, and Bokkos local government areas of Plateau State by yet-to-be-identified gunmen in coordinated attacks on Christmas Eve.
The gunmen also set now fewer than 100 houses ablaze during the horrendous attacks, a development that attracted condemnation across the globe.
The Minister of State Defense, Muhammed Bello Matawalle, during the visit in the company of the three service chiefs, including the Airforce, Army, and Navy, assured the people and government of Plateau of protection.
Governor Caleb Mutfwang, who received the two ministers and the service chief, had earlier briefed them in a closed-door meeting on the situation.