The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday donated relief items to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Edo state.
Its head of operations in the zonal office in Benin City, Mr. Dahiru Yusuf, said the donation was to cushion the effect of hunger on inmates at camp located in Uhogua in the state.
Yusuf, who gave the assurance that the federal government would continue to assist them in their time of need, charged the inmates to believe that their suffering “will one day be over.”
Items donated included garri, rice, beans, vegetable oil, seasonings, mats, soaps, tin tomatoes, diapers, children and adults’ clothes, mattresses, blankets, mosquito nets, beverages, milk among others.
Yusuf also disclosed that the IDPs wrote to the agency that they are in need of food and other items, adding that the relief items were approved.
According to him, “This camp is not like other camps where individuals cook for themselves; they have a central cooking point where they cook and distribute to inmates. So, we give it to the central store.”
The camp coordinator, Pastor Folorunsho Solomon, said the federal government met them at their point of need because there had been hunger in the camp before the donation.
He appealed to individuals and organisations to also assist the IDPs, noting that the “government can’t do it alone.”