By Esther Akaa
The Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has commended the humanitarian support by the Family Health International (FHI360) in the provision of sexual and reproductive healthcare to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
The Executive Secretary of SEMA, Mr Emmanuel Shior gave this commendation on Friday while receiving representatives of FHI360 in his office in Makurdi.
He said the support has a wide range of benefits to the targeted groups which include women, youths and children living in the various IDPs camps spread over the state.
The SEMA boss stressed the need to address gender based issues in the IDPs camps, saying women and children are the most vulnerable persons in such situation and pledged his total support and involvement in the activities of FHI360.
Earlier, the Benue State Project Coordinator of FHI360, Mrs Eno Raymond, outlined their programmes to include: attending to adolescent girls between ages 10 and 24 years at the various safe spaces, monitoring sessions, as well as skills acquisition programmes for the IDPs.
Mrs Eno emphasized that the training of the IDPs on different skills acquisition would enhance their livelihood, reduce gender based violence and other related cases.
She appealed to SEMA to establish a gender desk office for quick response to sexual based violence and other related cases.