Advertising practitioners donate to Abuja IDPs

by Daily Trust
(02/11/15)

The Advertising Practitioners Association (APA), Abuja Chapter has donated relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Durumi and new Kuchigoro camps both in Abuja.

Coordinator of the association, Chris Tion said the organization decided to reach out to the IDPs “because government does not recognize the camps especially in Abuja. There is no organized help for them, which is why we felt we should reach out to them and give a little relief”.

He also decried the poor conditions in the camps describing them as “appalling and subhuman” thereby calling on authorities to come to their aid.

“We understand that government is making efforts at profiling and relocating them back to their communities where they came from but we are urging them to hurry up and take that action as quick as possible because the conditions are not really friendly.

“So, the earlier government implements the action of taking them back to their communities, the better for us all. The environment is very unhygienic, if there is any outbreak of diseases, it is going to be calamity for everybody” he stated.

While responding, Mrs Chunwe Opara of the Abuja operations office of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) appreciated the gesture of APA adding that government has been trying to reach out to them as much as it can.

“But you know government cannot do it all, that is why we encourage NGOs, other individuals to come to their aid and today APA has been able to meet up with their corporate social responsibility to show solidarity with these people who have unfortunately found themselves in Abuja,” she said.

Marcus Oduwara who spoke on behalf of the chairman of the New Kuchingoro Camp also appreciated the gesture but called on government to hasten provision for them to go back to their villages.

He said the camp which accommodates 937 people has no security and living conditions there are not conducive for them.

He also called for proper healthcare facilities, water and schools for the children in the camps.

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