By Taiye Elebiyo-Edeni
Mrs Judith Amaechi, the wife of the Minister of Transportation, on Sunday donated relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons at the new Kuchingoro Camp in the FCT.
The items were disbursed through her foundation, “Empowerment Support Initiative’’.
Amaechi, represented by Mr Isreal Ibeleme, said the donation was part of her NGO’s 10 years anniversary celebration.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that rice, beverages, cartons of soaps, detergent, noodles and wrappers were among items distributed.
Ibeleme, said: “It has always been the desire of Her Excellency to help the poor, she has empowered so many Nigerians through her foundation.’’
Ibeleme urged the IDPs to stay away from violence, adding that they should leave in peace, love and harmony.
He said the items were gifts from Mrs Amaechi, adding that they should see the gesture as goodwill from the foundation.
According to him, the foundation has trained over 6,000 entrepreneurs over the past 10 years.
He said the foundation would continue to impact lives of the less privilege in many years to come.
Mr Philemon Emmanuel, head of the camp, expressed appreciation to the wife of the minister for the items and prayed for God’s continuous blessings on her endavours.
He, however, said the occupants of the camp were faced with challenges of poor health services, adding that most of the young IDPs were school dropouts.
“We have begged the government to allow us access to the government hospitals and schools here, so we can send our children to school but they didn’t respond.
“We have a small clinic here donated by German Agency but the problem is, we do not have drugs and we just have one retired nurse who volunteered to serve us.
“She comes three times in a week but we have no doctor.”
He further said there was no antenatal care for the women, as most women deliver here in the camp through traditional means.
“We have a skill acquisition centre donated by Nelson Mandela Foundation but since they changed their high commissioner, activities have stopped,’’ he said.
*Donation of relief materials at Kuchingoro IDP camp in Abuja by Mrs. Judith Amaechi’s foundation, Empowerment Support Initiative