The Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence, and Senator representing Plateau North Constituency, Barrister I.D Gyang, has decried what he called “total neglect of communities displaced by violent attacks in the recent times in the State.”
Making his feelings known when he paid visits to Miango in the Irigwe Chiefdom of Bassa local government area and a Mission school of the renowned CAPRO Gospel Ministry in Gana Roop, Barkin Ladi local government area, Senator Gyang observed that while the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs had embarked on massive reconstruction of 500 two Bedroom Housing Units to house communities displaced by attacks of bandits in the North West and North East, communities in Plateau North that have been in the eye of the storm of mass killings, displacement and homelessness for decades have not benefited from the government’s resettlement and reconstruction programme.
The Senator lamented that his constituents were left to fend for themselves without any help from government for a very long time.
He called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to reach out to Plateau North with the Housing Project to resettle and house IDPs in the numerous displaced communities.
According to the Senator, such project would allay the people’s feelings of perceived neglect by the government.
He called on government and the security agencies for enforcement of law and order against crime and criminality, particularly the dastardly killings in the area.
He appreciated the self help initiative by the community to rebuild their habitat that was destroyed as a result of the various attacks.
The paramount chief of the Irigwe nation, Brra Ngwe Rrigwe, lamented the incessant attacks on his people which had led to the loss of over 500 persons and destruction of many villages.
He wondered why his people who are peace loving, will be targeted for incessant attacks.
He appealed to government to secure his people and end the killings, while appreciating Senator Gyang for voicing out boldly against the attacks and thanked him for identifying with the Irigwe people in their season of pain.
At Gana Ropp in B/Ladi Local government, Senator Gyang was moved by the resilience of the community and their resolve to hold on to their God-given heritage despite the vulnerability they are exposed to.
He spoke on the enviable history of the village associated with Tin mining and its cosmopolitan setting that attracted persons across religious and ethnic divides, saying that the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of the community was adversely affected by ruthless attacks.
In a statement by Musa Ibrahim Ashoms, Special Assistant, Media & Protocols, said Senator Gyang had earlier on arrival at B/Ladi town, paid homage on the Dagwom Rwey of B/Ladi Local Government Area, His Royal Highness Da Edward Gyang Bot.
It said he (Senator) also visited in Bassa and B/Ladi Local governments where some retunees were seen rebuilding their destroyed homes.
It explained that he made available Roofing Sheets as a token of his desire to see that they rebuild their ancestral homes.
He assured the communities of his willingness to be part of the rebuilding efforts until peace is fully attained.