Communities in Agatu, Guma, Logo and other areas in the state that suffered massive destruction of homes and properties from attacks of armed herdsmen are to be rebuilt by the federal Government.
This followed the acceptance of a presentation calling for the rebuilding of the devastated communities made by the Benue State governor to the governors’ sub-committee on the farmers’ herdsmen clashes set up by the National Economic Council and headed by the vice-president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
Benue State Acting Governor, Engr Benson Abounu disclosed this today when a delegation of chiefs from Apa and Agatu local government areas and the two council chairmen led by the Oche Apa ‘Agatu, HRH, Chief Baba Odangla paid him a courtesy visit at his office.
Engr Abounu who said the State government would do all it can to see that the Federal government acts as quickly as possible on the rebuilding of the devastated communities disclosed that as requested, the State government is already compiling data on all the destroyed buildings, adding that the preliminary report is at the moment being fine-tuned.
Earlier, Chief Odangla who said they came to identify with the Acting governor for his untiring service to the state thanked Governor Samuel Ortom for its infrastructural development, particularly in Agatu local government area.
They listed the construction of the Oshigbudu-Obagaji road, the Oshigbudu-Oweto-Loko road and several other projects in health, rural electrification and schools and stated that no government has impacted on the lives of the people of Agatu and Apa as the APC led government of Samuel Ortom has done.
Chief Odangla also thanked the governor for the initial intervention of the state in providing succour for victims of the herdsmen attacks on Agatu. He however complained that several houses destroyed during the attacks are yet to be rebuilt in many communities and appealed to the State government to help in the rehabilitation of the people and the reconstruction of the houses and other infrastructural facilities.
Chief Odangla who was accompanied by the Oche ‘Agatu, Chief Godwin Onah and the Odejo K’Apa, Chief John Antenyi, called on the state government to re-enforce the security arrangement in the area, explaining that attacks on their people is far from over and that herdsmen have threatened to return.
His words: “the cessation of hostilities at the moment does not mean the problem has come to an end. Since operation “cat race” is coming to an end and the herdsmen know that it is ending, we are afraid that they can strike at any time, moreso that they have threatened to return. We are therefore urging the state government to re-enforce the security arrangement in our area”.