Edo State Government’s several interventions towards the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Uhogua camps in the State received kudos on Wednesday.
The torrents of appreciation came pouring on the Governor when the Nigerian Foundation for the support of Victims of Terrorism (Victims Support Fund) donated educational needs to the IDPs in Benin City.
A statement by the office of the Executive Director, Media and Public Affairs, Governor’s office, said the event which had as its theme: “Facilitating Learning and Access to Education of School Aged Children affected by the insurgency” was an initiative of the Nigeria Foundation for the Support of Victims of Terrorism (Victims Support Fund).
The project is designed to secure the educational future of children at the IDP Camps across the country will provide educational materials to the 10, 000 children at the Borno IDP Camp, 7, 000 children at the Adamawa IDP camp, while 1, 291 children will benefits at the Edo IDP Camp.
The Chairman of the foundation, Rtd. Gen. T. Y. Danjuma represented by the Executive Director of Victims Support Fund (VSF) Mr. Sunday Ochocho, extolled the Virtues of Mrs. Lara Oshiomhole for her support, economic empowerment for women, psycho-social support to women and children in addition to working to restore livelihood for reconciliation and peace building.”
He said “aside the educational material, the Fund had also made provisions of N17, 000 monthly stipends each for teachers on a voluntary service, N5, 000 each for the volunteered cleaners and sewing machines for women at the camp.”
He also called on all political leaders in the country to as a matter of urgency support the current fight by President Muhammadu Buhari aimed at bringing activities of the insurgents to an end.
The Director, Pastor Solomon Folorunsho all showered encomium on Governor Oshiomhole for showing concern and fatherly love on the displaced person at any time they needed him most. He further listed the challenges being faced by the camp to include, feeding and education materials among other.
The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor who was represented by Rev. Lucky Osagbakhoe also lauded the efforts of the State Government in ameliorating the challenges faced by the internally displaced person.
The Governor who was represented by his wife, Mrs. Lara Oshiomhole formally took delivery of the educational items such as school bags, shoes, textbook, notebooks, pencils, uniforms, among others.
Speaking shortly after taking delivery of the items, Mrs. Lara Oshiomhole who expressed appreciation for the gesture said the educational support will go a long way to meet the education needs of the victims.
According to her, “sometimes we think of how it is possible for us to care for all of them in the midst of paucity of funds but god keeps providing for them one way or the other”.
While recalling the poor living conditions of the victims before the State Government intervention, Mrs. Oshiomhole said though their needs are enormous but efforts have been made by government and other well-meaning Nigerians to ameliorate their sufferings and living condition.
She said the state government will continue to support victims of insurgents in the North-East camped in Edo State.
Mrs. Oshiomhole said Governor Adams Oshiomhole has adopted the children as his, hence the constant support to the camp.
Thanking the Fund for the intervention, Mrs. Ohiomhole urged residents in the state to see support for the IDPs as a duty.
In their goodwill messages, Commissioner for Education, Gideon Obakha, Commission for women Affairs, Mrs. Jemitola Anene, and CAN Chairman Edo State branch, Bishop Peter Imasuen thanked the Fund for the items and urged the centre to put them into good use.
Highpoint of the event was a song performance in Hausa language by the inmates.