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SEMA commends UN agencies for supporting Benue IDPs 

The Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Wednesday expressed its heartfelt appreciation to United Nations (UN) agencies for their unwavering support and invaluable contributions to improve the living conditions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.

In a press briefing held in Makurdi during the monthly distribution of essential items to IDPs, SEMA Acting Executive Secretary, Sir James Iorpuu, highlighted the critical role played by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in various sectors.

He said IOM’s efforts in camp coordination, camp management, shelter provision, non-food items, livelihood support, water and sanitation, and transitional recovery have been instrumental in ensuring that IDPs receive the necessary assistance and support.

SEMA also extended gratitude to other UN agencies, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and Plan International. Their continuous support and resources have significantly addressed the multifaceted challenges faced by IDPs.

On the recent flood alert issued by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) predicting Benue state as one of the high-risk areas for flooding this year.

Sir Iorpuu stated that the forecast served as a critical reminder of the challenges the people of Benue will face in the coming days.

He urged residents to remain vigilant and proactive, taking necessary precautions to mitigate the impact of floods on communities.

Calling for collaborative efforts, Sir James urged government agencies, non-governmental organistions and the international community to work closely in finding durable solutions to the yearly occurrence of floods in Benue communities.

He assured IDPs that their plight remains a top priority for Benue-SEMA and the agency is committed to securing the resources needed to improve living conditions and facilitate their eventual return to their ancestral homes.

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