The Benue State Government has pledged to remain supportive of all communities on the states’ borders through the donation of projects and other welfare packages that will improve the wellbeing and security of the people living in those areas.
Secretary to the state government Barr. Targema Takema gave this assurance when he led the state inter state boundary agenda sensitization committee to Jatoaka, Kwande Local government to interact with leaders and the people of Moon district for a fact finding mission to determine the nature and effect of the incessant crisis bedeviling the area with a view to finding a lasting solution. The SSG who described the crisis as an age long battle maintained that the problem if not permanently solved will remain like curse running through generations.
He assured the people of the determination of the Ortom led administration to permanently end the crisis to pave way for development to flourish in the area and allow the people live a normal life adding that the government has already secured the fellowship of the Taraba State Government who are carrying out the same programme in their communities towards a peaceful boundary demarcation and further assured the people that they will not be betrayed in the process and should therefore be ready to give and take in the interest of peace.
Earlier, the community in a presentation signed by seven of her illustrious sons decried the killing of hundreds of their members by the Fulanis aided by heavily armed military personels, displacement of the entire community and burning of their houses, schools and Churches in attempts by the Jukuns to take over their district. The people who maintained that as settlers to the Moon district, the Jukuns should rather surrender to the Benue State Government instead of finding illegal means of pulling the majority and Earlier Tiv settlers to Taraba using the 1923 border line when the Tiv people had settled in Moon as early as the 12th century.
They thanked the government for the initiative which they described as timely and pleaded with them to liaise with relevant agencies to ensure the return of the people of Moon to their homes before the cropping season begins.
Addressing the people, caretaker committee chairman for Kwande local government Mrs. Helen Ikpambese on behalf of the people of the area appreciated governor Samuel Ortom for sending relief materials for the displaced people and called on the people to support the team to enable them carry out their duty successfully.
The sensitization committee also visited Tor-Donga where they received reports of the displacement of the people of Yooyo, they were also in Vaase where the community decried the irregularities of the 1923 line, and Sai/Chanchanji to interact with communities living on the line.