By Terna Injua – Lafia
The International Monetary Fund, IMF has pledged two point two billion dollars in three years to support countries and communities around the world that are hosting refugees and internally displaced persons.
Leader of a delegation from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, UNHCR, Mr. Roger Hollo made this known when he paid Governor Samuel Ortom a courtesy visited at Government House, Makurdi.
Mr. Hollo who stated that the decision of the IMF was taken last year during a global forum in Geneva, Switzerland which Nigeria was part of said UNHCR was already interfacing with the ministry of humatarians affairs on how the country can benefit from the fund.
He noted that at the global forum Nigeria pledged to include Internally Displaced Persons in the national development plan and appealed to the Benue State Government which has a large number of IDPs to take the lead in this regard.
Mr. Hollo who commended the Benue state Government for assisting the UNHCR in taking care of the refugees enjoined the Government to ensure that the assistance is sustained and expanded to tackle security and gender based violence at the camps.
Governor Samuel Ortom who expressed appreciation to the UNHCR for standing with the state through provision of food, non food items as well as technical support for the IDPs and refugees pledged to continue working with the agency to achieve it’s mandate.
Governor Ortom lamented the continued stay of the Internally Displaced Persons in dehumanizing conditions at the camps over these years and appealed to the Federal Government and other international organisations to help in resettling them.#