Following incessant conflicts in Benue State and the attendant increase in the number of displaced population, the United Nations in Nigeria through its Agency for Refugees, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), has commenced the construction of 200 housing units tagged, ‘UN Village’ to accommodate 1000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Benue State.
Located at Mbawa community in Guma Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, the Housing project which is funded by UNHCR, is being implemented by Benue Non-Governmental Organisations Network (BENGONET), and supported by the Benue State Government and the host community.
Speaking during a visit to the site by the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), the UNHCR Representative in Nigeria and the ECOWAS, Ms Angele Dikongue-Atangana, disclosed that the project was a pilot one which would soon be replicated in the North-east of the country. She added that a unit of the 2-room apartment cost only N95, 000 which according to her, was less than the cost of a temporary tent.
Receiving the UNCT members at the Government House, the Benue State Governor, Dr Samuel Ortom acknowledged the life-saving contribution of the UN system to Benue State, citing the UN village, the Primary Health Centre support by UNICEF, UNFPA and WHO; provision of boreholes as just few of the numerous interventions of the UN in the State.