Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, have appealed to kindhearted individuals and organisations planning to contribute towards their well-being to deal directly with them rather than going through Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs, that might not have their best interest at heart.
This is coming following reports of starvation and hunger in various IDP Camps despite billions of naira worth of gifts and cash donated for their upkeep.
The IDPs made this request when the Nigerian Institute of Management, NIM, visited the new IDP camp in Kuchingoro, Abuja, with food items worth thousands of naija.
Philemon Emmanuel, leader of the displaced persons, said since their relocation to the camp from the Northeast in 2014, they have been surviving on the goodwill of some genuine NGOs, spirited individuals, and faith-based organisations.
“We have been here since 2014, we are 1467 persons from Kozar local government area in Borno state and 56 from Adamawa, and we have been surviving because of the help of some churches, organisation, mosques and private individuals,
“We hear many times that people have donated items to assist IDPs in Abuja but don’t get to see the donations. Recently, we heard that Dangote donated items worth millions of Naira to IDPs in Abuja but we are yet to receive the items. We however want to appeal that if some people want to help they should come through the IDPs camp so we can get the assistance directly,”Emmanuel remarked.
Chairman of the NIM Planning Committee for the IDPs, Sanio Ala – Obarie, said the donations is part of the institute’s duty to ensure that the displaced persons enjoy good health.