From Yakubu Busari,Jos
Barr Mandyau, Barkin Ladi LG Boss
Chairman of the Management Committee Chairman of Barkin Ladi Local Government, Barr. Ezekiel Mandyau , has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the necessary organs of his administration to take active measures for the welfare of Internally Displaced Persons,IDPs, in the country, especially the plight of over 3,000 displaced persons in B/Ladi.
Mandyau made the request recently while speaking to our medium on the plight of Internally Displaced Persons in Barkin-Ladi, who are suffering the untold hardship in this period of Covid -19 induced lockdown across the country.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his palliative measures aimed to bring succour to “our Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) following the outbreak of COVID-19.”
According to him, the two months of food ration ordered by President Buhari during the nationwide broadcast on Sunday was a big relief for the IDPs in the coming weeks.
Mandyau said; “The President’s pronouncement came to Barkin-Ladi as a great and cheering information considering the plights our IDPs at this critical period of their needs, now”.
He condemned ”The series of dastardly attacks on several communities leading to loss of lives and property with over 3,000 displaced persons”
He lamented that ,“Although, officials of NEMA and SEMA also visited all the camps and have promised to return with relief materials especially what could assist them rebuild their destroyed houses, we have not seen them yet.
“As a Council, we went round the IDPs and pleaded with them to return to their destroyed communities to rebuild and restart a new living.
“To our surprise and gladness, shortly before Christmas, they all left the camps and went back to their respective dilapidated communities and villages,” he said. Many are however leaving with relatives as their houses had been destroyed in the wake of the conflicts between herders and farmers.
Mandyau said that the fear of the Council is how the IDPs could cope with the threat of the pandemic, which demands social distancing and prudent hygiene.
“As a Council, we have taken some drastic measures to ensure that the virus doesn’t come around us here so as not to jeopardise the lives of our citizens,” he said.