Musa Isa Ahmed
The Adamawa state government has today received assorted items worth about 30 million naira donated by AITEO E & P limited to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Adamawa state as part of the Corporate social Responsibility of the company.
The items were delivered to the Adamawa state government by Barr. Hadiza Aliyu on behalf of the Executive Vice Chairman of AITEO EASTERN, Mr. Benedict Peters. Barr. Hadiza said it has become imparative for well-meaning members of the public to begin to intervene in the situation in the north east as so many people have lost their livelihood and are living from abject poverty and the entire effort cannot be left in the hands of government alone.
Barr. Hadiza said, “Mr. Benedict has always been concerned about the situation of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the north east and he believes charity begins at home.” Hadiza noted that Mr. Peters is a Christian from the southern part of Nigeria but he would not sit and feel relaxed because the humanitarian situation is in the north. She said this is just his kind gesture in helping cushion the unbearable effect of the hardship caused by the insurgency.
The Adamawa state Governor Senator Muhammdu Umaru Jibrilla commended the efforts of AITEO EASTERN as exemplary and an action that should be emulated by corporate bodies and organizations. Governor Jibrilla called on individuals and corporate bodies to intervene in the humanitarian situation in the north east explaining that there is still an enormous humanitarian gap in the north east and state governments and federal government cannot do it alone.
The state Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA) Mal. H. Furo said, in the last one year, the state emergency agency has not received donations from corporate organizations as huge as the one donated by AITEO and pointed out that it will go a long way in touching the lives of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Adamawa state.
The representative of AITEO EASTERN at the event, Mallam Babangida Nuhu said, “Mr. Benedict Peters is a detribalized Nigerian whose generosity extends beyond the boundary of religion or regional bloc.” He noted that Mr. Peters is a strong believer in providing support for the needy. He opined that, there is no meaning to wealth if you cannot help your neighbor. He described Mr. Peters’ action as a true reflection of his person and that this is just the beginning in the many humanitarian plans he has for the IDPs in the north east.
On the issue of concerns whether the materials may not get to the IDPs, Mallam Babangida said, there is an effective channel for delivering such items to the IDPs created by the state government and they have total faith in the system to effectively get the donations to the right people. Babangida called on financially buoyant Nigerians to help intervene in the humanitarian crises in the north east by providing the basic needs of the IDPs.
The items donated included, 300 bags of 50 kilograms of rice, 150 cartons of turkey oil, 5 bales of wrappers, 5 bales of materials for men, 200 bags of sugar, 1000 pieces of treated mosquito nets, 100 pieces of matrasses, 100 bags of washing detergents, 100 cartons each of both washing and bathing soaps, cartons of Vaseline, 100 cartons each of spaghetti and macaroni, 100 cartons of sanitary towels, 200 bags of salt, 150 cartons of pampers and 1000 exercise books.
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