Delta govt opens IDP camp for displaced Okuama residents

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The Delta State Government has opened an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp for the displaced residents of Okuama community of Ewu-Urhobo Kingdom in Ughelli South Local Government Area. (NOP) reports the IDP camp, set up by the State Governor, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori, is meant for the rehabilitation of affected people from the embattled Delta community.

In efforts to provide succour for the people of Okuama community, the IDP camp was opened on Wednesday in Ewu Town by the Okuama IDP committee led by Mr. Abraham Ogbodo.

Speaking while addressing newsmen, Mr Ogbodo disclosed that the committee had been doing a proper tour of the area in order see how the affected people of the community will be safe in aftermath of the 17 military personnel killed in the area.

Ogbodo further disclosed that although the camp was now opened to receive affected members of the community, the IDP camp would be officially declared open by Governor Oborevwori on Saturday, May 18, 2024.

“So, as of today, the Okuama IDP Camp at Ewu has unofficially open today, however, the State Governor will officially declare it open by the weekend.

“I take by weekend to mean Saturday, but we need to firm up with that date and keep you informed. Beyond this point, the camp is ready to receive persons that wants to come.

“We have just done a tour of the facility. Some people that will be coming, there are children among them and the good thing about this place you are seeing is a secondary school ground.

“So, children who are in secondary school will be taken to the school to continue their education, while we think of long term solution.

“There are two primary schools down. This camp is located on the most auspicious place in terms of backing for children of school age.

“Those in primary school will be fixed, while those in secondary school will be fixed also,” the IDP committee chairman said.

Speaking on the capacity of the IDP camp, Ogbodo revealed that the camp can carry up 1500 persons.

“This place is very expansive and we would be bringing in new structures at very high speed,” he said.

Recall Governor Oborevwori had on April 24, 2024 inaugurated the IDP management committee to carefully plan the resettlement and rehabilitation of the innocent citizens of Okuama community, who had been displaced in aftermath of the killing of the 17 military personnel in the area.