Dr Emmanuel Shior, Executive Secretary of Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said 80 babies were delivered across the state’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in seven months.
Shior stated this on Friday in Makurdi, the capital of Benue State during the agency’s monthly distribution of relief materials to the IDPs.
Most of the IDPs were staying with their spouses and this resulted in the high number of births recorded in the camps, according to Shior. He, however, noted that the agency is very strict on illicit sexual affairs in the camps.
“It is the nature of man, even when they don’t have food to eat, they have the desire for sex; that cannot be taken away from the IDPs,” said Shior. “Most of them have their families at the camps. The aspect we try to control is unmarried people sleeping with each other; other unlawful sexual acts are also forbidden in the camps”.
The Executive Secretary also said the agency would distribute 3,000 bags of rice, 2,000 bags of maize and guinea corn, 1,000 cartons of noodles and bags of garri and beans to all IDPs in the state. He, however, did not give details on how the agency intends to do that.
But he disclosed that the beneficiaries would include Makurdi, Guma, Logo, Agatu, Gwer West, Kwande, and Okpokwu IDPs.