The Federal Government has commenced the construction of cluster resettlement homes for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Benue.
Performing the ceremony at Mbagwen, Makurdi Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu, said President Bola Tinubu was committed to improving the lives of IDPs.
Edu said Tinubu had promised during his campaigns to return displaced persons in the country to their ancestral homes and that the process had started with the construction of resettlement homes.
The minister said the current administration hoped that the IDPs would return to their homes, to enable them to continue their businesses and farming and help the government realise its agenda of ensuring food security.
“Benue people have cried enough, they have struggled enough, they have been in sufficient pain; President Tinubu says it is time for Benue people to rejoice.
“To all those who have come all the way from the IDPs camps to witness this event, this is the beginning of the journey for your return to your ancestral homes.
“President Tinubu has an eight point agenda. The first agenda is Food Security and the people of Benue are key to achieving that.
“Benue is known as the food basket of the nation; when we talk about food security, the nation’s hope is on Benue. Therefore, we cannot allow the state to go through pain and anguish,” she said.
Edu said the construction of cluster resettlement homes was the beginning of a renewed hope for Benue.
“President Tinubu does not want to keep IDP camps. He doesn’t want the people of Benue to be staying in huts.
“He wants you to have a dignified house where you can call your home, where you can sleep in peace with your eyes closed, wake up and go to your farm,” the minister added.