Benue State Governor Solicits Support for IDPs.
Written by COMFORT 95.1FM on September 28, 2021
BENUE State Governor Samuel Ortom has solicited the support of Nigerians to cushion the effect of the humanitarian crisis in the state occasioned by the over five years’ stay of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in camps.
The governor spoke yesterday at separate thanksgiving masses held at St Dominic Catholic Church Sachi and St Joseph’s Quasi-Parish Nyon to mark the birthday celebrations of the Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly, Titus Uba and Wanteregh Unongo.
Governor Ortom acknowledged the support of the church, especially the Bishop of Makurdi Diocese, Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe, the governments of Rivers, Taraba and Akwa Ibom states, donor and faith-based organisations as well as individuals to the plight of the over 1.5 million IDPs.
He said the humanitarian crisis has overstretched resources of the state, appealing for the intervention of good spirited individuals, governments, corporate organisations and civil society groups in meeting the needs of the displaced people.
The governor called on Nigerians to continue to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders to enable them provide leadership that would engender peace and unity in the country.
He congratulated the celebrators on their birthday celebrations and wished them greater days ahead.
Describing the Speaker Titus Uba as a humble personality under whose leadership the state assembly enacted people-oriented laws, the governor described Paul Unongo as an ‘encyclopedia’ in Nigerian politics under whose tutelage he learnt a number of things about leadership.
Ortom directed his Commissioner for Works and Transport to immediately swing into action to ensure the opening of an access road to St Dominic Science School Ayu with a pledge to also ensure that the worship centre in the area has a good car park.
The celebrators expressed gratitude to God for adding a year to their years, even as they also thanked the governor and other guests for identifying with them on the occasion.
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control ,NAFDAC, has raised concern over the use of Azo Dye, also known as Sudan Dye, to make palm oil look reddish and appealing.
Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, who addressed the issue at a sensitization campaign in Anambra State, described the action as wicked and inhuman, stressing that the drug is lethal because it causes progressive deterioration of human health.
Prof. Adeyeye said Sudan dyes are synthetic organic chemicals that are used as dyes for a variety of polymers and to stain sudanophilic biological samples, most commonly lipids.
She also said that Azo dye is regarded as an illegal dye, mostly due to its long-term negative effects, as it promotes cancer.
She, however, called on marketers and dealers of palm oil and even farmers to be very vigilant and that anybody they discover using such chemicals on red oil should be reported to the security agencies.