In a bid to address the plight of displaced persons and provide relief measures, the Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, has officially launched a humanitarian and relief committee in Berom land. The 12-member committee, led by Gwom Rwey of Vwang, Da Gyang Gutt Balak, was inaugurated at the Gbong Gwom’s Palace in Jishe. Their primary objective is to mobilize support and resources for immediate aid, including food, clothing, healthcare, and other essential materials, for the victims of recent attacks within their domain.
Da Buba strongly condemned these attacks, describing them as acts of inhumanity perpetrated against innocent and unarmed villagers in his domain and other parts of the state. He urged the security agencies to gain the confidence of the citizens by identifying and bringing to justice those responsible for these calculated attempts to displace communities from their ancestral homes and farmlands.
The Gbong Gwom also called upon the state government and the State House of Assembly to collaborate on legislation for the establishment of a Local Government Emergency Relief Agency. This agency would enable swift and efficient responses to crises and disasters at the local government level. Additionally, he highlighted the importance of the committee in developing a resettlement and rehabilitation strategy that aligns with the provisions of the Anti-land grabbing law of the state, ensuring the safe return of displaced persons to their ancestral villages and farmlands.
Expressing gratitude on behalf of the committee, Chairman Da Gyang Gutt Balak, the Gwom Rwey Vwang, appreciated the Traditional Council for entrusting the members with the responsibility to fulfill the committee’s goals. The committee comprises the chairpersons of Jos North, Jos South, Barkin Ladi, and Riyom Local Government Councils, as well as the presidents of Berom Registered Organizations. Additionally, the Principal Private Secretary to the Gbong Gwom Jos and Barr. Solomon Mwantiri serve as members, with the latter also assuming the role of committee secretary.
The inauguration of this committee marks an important step towards addressing the pressing needs of displaced persons and facilitating their rehabilitation. As they commence their work, the committee aims to alleviate the suffering of those affected by the recent attacks, offering hope and support to restore their lives and communities.