BY: Victoria Ojeme
ABUJA – No fewer than 326 cows were donated to IDPs camps in 19 states to assist families who could not afford to buy rams and cows to celebrate the Eid al-Adha day.
The Director Nigerian Tulip International Colleges Foundation ( NTICF), Behlul Basaran says, “This practice is a way of extending the milk of human kindness to our brothers and sisters who do not have the means to celebrate during the Eid al-Adha.”
“This is a yearly practice for us at NTIC Foundation and we have been consistent in the past ten years as a way of saying thank you to Nigerians and Nigeria, and also putting smiles on the faces of the needy in the society, especially those in rural communities and the internally displaced persons (IDP) camps” he stated.
The NTIC Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of the Nigerian Tulip International Colleges (NTIC). The foundation plans and implements social responsibility projects in collaboration with First Surat group of companies with initiatives that have touched millions of lives in the past ten years of its operations.
“We are concerned about the less privileged in the society, that is why our initiatives are designed to have an impact in their daily lives. This Sallah celebration over 275 cows was killed, and over 20,000 families benefited with 3kg of meat each across 20 states in Nigeria,” says Mr. Basaran, the director of the foundation.
On how the distribution was carried out, Mr. Basaran stated that a map of IDP camps and rural communities was drawn and various distribution vans were sent to these areas under close supervision to ensure that the aim is achieved. “Our distribution vans went to IDP camps and rural communities in the 20 states that were designated. Each person got 3kg of meat for use during the Sallah celebration.”
During a visit to one of the IDP camps, there was excitement in the air. Musa Ibrahim, one of the recipients at an IDP camp in Area One in the Federal Capital Territory, said:
In his remarks, The communication Director of the NTIC Foundation, Mr. Joshua Ocheja, stated that the gesture of giving back to the society and people in need extends beyond the Sallah celebrations.
“The NTIC Foundation as a policy felicitates with Muslim and Christian faithful during festive seasons like Sallah, Christmas, Easter, and others. It is our little way of giving back to the society and putting smiles on the faces of the needy in the society” he said.