The newly constructed ultra-modern Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp in Shendam Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau has been razed by fire, according to officials.
The IDP camp was constructed by the Presidential Committee on Flood, Relief and Rehabilitation after the 2012 flood disaster that ravaged 24 states across the country.
According to Mr Bintan Wuyep, Director, Relief and Rehabilitation, Plateau Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) the disaster occurred on Tuesday, but his agency remains handicapped owing to a paucity of funds, Vanguard writes.
“We don’t have funds even to fuel our vehicle to go to the camp to ascertain the cause of the inferno and assess the extent of damage,” he said.
“We have gone everywhere even for a loan, but we have not succeeded. Hence, we cannot give the exact level of damage caused by the sad incident.”
He went further to describe the incident as “a big loss to Plateau and Nigeria as a whole” as the camp was meant to house Displaced Persons that might be affected in future disaster in any part of the state.
Mr Wuyep appealed to the State Government to empower the agency with funds to enable it function according to the law establishing it, adding that SEMA had already informed the Presidential Committee of the sad development.
“The committee told us to assess the damage and formally write a report informing them of the cause and extent of damage.
“But like I said earlier, we are constrained by lack of funds,” he said.