Delta State Governor Initiates Resettlement of Displaced Okuama Villagers

Delta State Governor initiates resettlement and rehabilitation of displaced Okuama villagers after military invasion. An IDP Management Committee is set up to ensure the well-being and rehabilitation of the affected citizens.

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Delta State Governor Initiates Resettlement of Displaced Okuama Villagers

Delta State Governor Initiates Resettlement of Displaced Okuama Villagers

Delta State Governor Sheriff Oborevwori has initiated the resettlement and rehabilitation of displaced villagers from the Okuama community in Ughelli South Local Government Area. The governor inaugurated an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Management Committee to carefully plan and coordinate the settlement and rehabilitation of the innocent citizens of Okuama.

The committee is chaired by veteran journalist and former Editor of The Guardian Newspaper, Mr. Abraham Ogbodo, and includes other members with relevant expertise. Governor Oborevwori charged the committee "to attach a sense of urgency to this assignment and demonstrate the highest degree of love and responsibility towards the displaced people of Okuama, who have had their homes and properties destroyed."

The residents of Okuama were displaced following the invasion of the community by troops of the Nigerian army in search of those responsible for the killing of 17 soldiers on March 14. The villagers had abandoned their community and taken refuge in nearby forests. Mr. Ogbodo reported that more than 12 residents have died of hunger, sickness, and snake bites since being forced into hiding.

Why this matters: The resettlement initiative by Governor Oborevwori represents an essential step in addressing the humanitarian crisis faced by the displaced residents of Okuama. The establishment of the IDP Management Committee signifies the state government's commitment to ensuring the well-being and rehabilitation of the affected citizens.

Governor Oborevwori expressed disappointment over the killings of the soldiers in Okuama but stated that the innocent people should not be made to suffer needlessly. He said the President and the military have agreed that the innocent people of Okuama should be allowed to return to their homes as soon as possible. The committee has assured the governor and the people of Delta State that they will be transparent, thorough, and selfless in addressing the humanitarian crisis in Okuama.

Key Takeaways

  • Delta governor initiates resettlement of displaced Okuama villagers
  • Inaugurates IDP Management Committee to coordinate rehabilitation
  • Over 12 residents died of hunger, sickness, snake bites in forests
  • Governor expresses disappointment over soldier killings, but says innocent should not suffer
  • Committee assures transparency and diligence in addressing Okuama humanitarian crisis