Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camping at the facility of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) in some villages situated in Plateau State have been served a quit notice by the association.
This was disclosed in a letter dated 22 October, 2019 and signed by the NMGS General Secretary, Dr A.S Olatunji, the IDPs were asked to look for some other place to call ‘home’ as the Council is not comfortable with the level of decay the building has suffered.
In a letter titled “Removal of IDPs from the NMGS property”, it reads ” Sequel to our verbal discussion on Wednesday 22 October, 2019 on the need to move the IDPs from the NMGS Secretariat building in Jos, this is formally reiterating the decision of the Council of the NMGS to you on this matter.
“It is hereby stated that the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society will embark on full rehabilitation of the building from 31 October, 2019 as the Council is not comfortable with the level of decay the building has suffered. This serves as official notice. Kindly treat with utmost urgency as the contractor has been mobilized for the job to commence at the said date.”
While reacting to the development, the Commissoner of Information in Plateau State, Dan Manjang confirmed the eviction notice and said that the government have pleaded with NMGS to tamper justice with mercy and the State government is looking for other means of resettling the IDPs.