By Gabriel Ewepu
ABUJA – The Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs camp in New Kuchingoro, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, at the weekend received items worth over N20 million from a Foundation called Atimoh Odili Foundation, AOF.
The Founder, AOF, Atimoh Odili, who was represented by the Director of the Foundation, Chioma Nwigwe, disclosed that the foundation was concerned about the plight of the IDPs in the camp with food items and mattresses.
Nwigwe said: “We generally take up projects that really impact on the lives people and standard of living. Our mission is to eradicate poverty from Nigeria.
“Generally, we do not do the distribution of food because we do not think that giving food really changes their living condition, but the people we have here fundamentally have hunger as their problem.
“And once we able to address the fundamental problem we can help them grow and be established and reintegrated into the society. We have enough to take care of them and enough for the villagers.
“We have 1, 000 bags of rice, about 1, 000 mattresses, cartoons of tin tomato, blankets, cartoons of milk, salt and other things that can sustain them at this period.
“For these gifts we spent N20 million, and as we are here everybody in the camp including children will receive their gifts. We are here to give hope to Nigerians and we believe that Nigerian can get better if we all work together to achieve it.”
Chioma also disclosed that that the foundation has concluded plans for skill acquisition programme for the IDPs, which will help them to be established and start a new life.
“Why we actually begun here is because the project is going to last for about a year. In 2016 we will start a skill acquisition programme that will help empower them and get them reintegrated back to society, and we want to help them get back to life as it was.
“We don’t intend to dash anybody money and once they are taught the skill we will give them soft loan through the mortgage bank, and help them start the business and make them accountable, which also their level of education will determine the soft loan”, she said.
She further explained that the project was privately funded by the founder of the organisation, Atimoh Odili, and expressed readiness to partner with relevant government organisations or donors who believe in the project.
However, the chairman, IDPs camp, New Kuchingoro, Mr. Philemon Emmanuel, expressed gratitude on behalf of the IDPs.
“Actually, we cannot explain our gratitude to Atimoh Odili Foundation for the gesture because since January 2014 we settled down here as IDPs we have not received this magnitude of support we are seeing today.
“We thank them and promised to share according to the names of person on our lists and nobody out of the 936 IPDs will be left out”, he said.