By Jonathan Lois
An indigenous Non-Governmental and not for profit Organisation -Global Centre for Humanitarian Services Peace and Development on Tuesday, 17th December, 2019 visited the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)in Durumi District, Abuja.
The president of the group, Mr. Collins Ogokeh-Green led a delegate of staff from GLOHSPED, and Beauty Queen -Miss Ifeoma Awaodigbo who is the Ambassador of Most Beautiful Model Southeast 2017 to the indigent people camp. The visit was part of the end of the year activities of the organization and a way of giving back to the needy which has been a tradition over years.
GLOHSPED is a mission to Mobilizing and working with stakeholders, relevant groups and individuals to render services, propagate peace and engender development through advocacy.
Our thematic focus include
To promote peace through entrenching the triple heritages of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation in crisis situation, render relief services and support to victims of disaster and the marginalized . To reduce poverty among the less privilege through empowerment.
During the group interaction with the public relations officer of the IDPS- Mr. Umar Gola stated that a total of 18 Internally displaced persons camp exits in Abuja, and the Durumi District camp which has existed for more than 5 years has about 100, 000 persons of over 2.6 million people displaced from the northeast due to insecurity is the headquarter of all the camp in FCT. He said that they have suffered untold hardship and feel neglected by the government due to lack of access to basic amenities. The IDPs wish to return to their homes when peace returns to their region consequent to the poor living condition especially of women and children.
Mr. Umar submitted that they really needed help at the IDP camps. He pleaded that the Government should come to the aid of the internally displaced people’s camp with regards to mentioned challenges. He appealed if farm land can be provided to them especially in Nassarawa State for farming to help address food insecurity while water, security, health center and schools for their children are desperately needed. We will appreciate if the government should come to our aid, he concluded.
Mr. Collins Ogokeh Green and his group having interacted and made assessment of the situation and horrible living condition in the camps especially for the of majority women and children population. The state of their make shift homes, the unhygienic environment and condition of the unkept children as well as the pregnant women with no access to Ante- Natal Care portends health and other implications not just for the host communities but for the federal Capital Territory. The affirmed the position of Mr. Umar and called for well- meaning Nigerians and private organizations to come to the aid of the internally displaced persons rather than waiting for government intervention.
The group donated food items, clothes and Educational materials to the IDP community and promised that a follow up action will be taken up by the foundation. The group will work to help raise awareness, mobilize resources, build partnership and garner support to improve the condition of persons in the IDPs camp in addition to establishing linkage to facilities in close proximity for service uptake.