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VSF provide relief items for victims of alleged herdsmen attack

The Victims Support Fund (VSF) has commenced a comprehensive intervention programme in Benue State to support victims of alleged herdsmen attacks.

The 6 benefitting local government areas include; Guma, Logo, Konshisha, Gwer West, Ado and Oju.

Leader of the VSF Team, Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji who stated this while inaugurating the programme at the IDP Camp in Ortese at Guma said the programme includes a monthly distribution of various food items to the victims for a period of 6 months.

Mrs Akerele-Ogunsiji said as captured in the programme, VSF would support the IDPs with health and medical facilities, rehabilitate the Naka Water Works, provide economic empowerment support as well as set up comfortable shelters.

She maintained that the Victims Support Fund would also roll out a Psycho-Socio and wellness programme for the mental health of victims, while its educational support would include registration of WAEC and purchase of JAMB forms for the students.

Mrs Akerele-Ogunsiji lamented the level of destruction that has been caused to Benue communities by the various attacks over the years and called on other local and international organisations to assist as VSF and Benue State Government alone cannot do it all.

Governor Samuel Ortom in his speech expressed appreciation to General Theophilus Danjuma (retd) for his humanitarian works through VSF, noting that the platform has always assisted the state to provide succour to victims of terrorism.

Governor Ortom appealed to the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management to also lend a helping hand as it has done to other states and also called on the Federal Government to end the herdsmen menace across the country.

The Special Adviser, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Prof Magdalene Dura and Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Dr Emmanuel Shior commended VSF for the support but appealed that it should be expanded to cover more Local Governments.

Reporting by Terna Injua; editing by Muzha Kucha