Governor Caleb Mutfwang addressing members of Chris Oyakhilome Foundation led by Pastor Chris Arinze, during a courtesy call.

By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos – Plateau State Governor, Caleb Mutfwang has reiterated his commitment to return the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs to their homes to resume their agricultural activities during the coming rainy season.

Mutfwang disclosed this on Tuesday in Jos when the officials of the Chris Oyakhilome Foundation paid a courtesy visit to the Governor before proceeding to offer aid to the IDPs across Mangu, Bokkos, Barkin-Ladi, and other Local Government Areas of the State.

The Governor who commended the Foundation for the assistance, also stated that the intervention was in line with the Biblical injunction that “those who are strong should help those who are weak”, and highlighted that for the people to return home, they would need enduring security, building materials and other support to start life afresh.

He said, “It is a pleasure to receive you, we are happy that you are concerned about us, it means so much to us. God directed you to hear our Macedonian cry, this will further strengthen the unity among us. A great area of need is how to move the people from the camps back to their homes. Possibly, before the rains set in, we will be able to move if not all, a substantial number.

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“That means we will have to provide security, build some of the homes, and give them some economic empowerment so that they can settle back home. Our people are not used to begging, they feel more fulfilled working with their hands, and many of them are passing through mental torture having to stay in the IDP camps. I am determined to facilitate their return to their ancestral homes. This is the kind of collaboration we seek to build in the coming days…”

Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Pastor Arinze Emmanuel, explained that they were in the State to provide hope and intervene in the humanitarian situation as they have done in many other places and commended Governor Mutfwang’s efforts in governance saying, “We are inspired by your activities since you assumed office. We are here to provide further support to those who were affected, we will join forces with you in some of your activities to provide support to the people.”