VSF Donates 500 Shelters to Benue IDP Camps

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By Amos Aar

Victims Support Programme (VSF) is to provide five hundred (500) apartments for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Ortese official camp, Guma LGA of Benue State which will cover almost half of households in the camp.

Chairperson of VSF Emergency Support Programme in Benue State, Barr Toyosi Akerele Ogunsinyi, announced this Thursday during the distribution of relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Naka, the headquarters of Gwer-West Local Government Area of Benue State. She added that, in Naka here, we are rehabilitating the entire water works”

The items distributed in Naka were one thousand 5kg bags (each) of garri, rice, beans, 1000 1litre bottles of palm oil, 1000 1litre bottles of groundnut oil, 1000 sachets of salt, 1000 packets of Maggi, sugar and hygiene kits to 1000 households with an average of between 7 to 10 individuals.

Barr Ogunsinyi, said it was their third time to visit Naka with relief materials and in order to ensure balanced diet for the beneficiaries, VSF will replace soya beans for beans and maize for garri next month.

She disclosed that VSF is implementing the programme in eight communities in 7 Local Government Areas of Gwer-West, Logo, Kwande, Ado, Konshisha, Guma and Oju.

The Chairperson also announced that on Friday 1st July, 2022, VSF will officially hand over medical items to the Benue State Primary Health Care Board. The health items according to her will include tricycles, wheelchairs, medical consumables and non-consumables, stretchers and everything that a regular Primary HealthCare needs. Also, 2.6KVA solar powered inverters will be provided to Primary HealthCare centres across the state on the recommendation of the Board’s Executive Secretary, Mrs Grace Ashi Wende.

Barr Ogunsinyi further also made it known that VSF will launch a psychosocial awareness programe next month in partnership with medical systems in Benue State to take care of IDPs that have gone through trauma.

She appreciated the media for accurate reportage given TY Danjuma foundation since April, 2022 when they flagged-off distribution of relief materials for IDPs in the state.

Some beneficiaries including Mama Kunguashe Igbakua from Mbakyoondu, Mama Anavenda Orvenda from Sengev, Mrs Usaa Abwar from Mbakyoondu and Mrs Mbapuun Tor from Sengev who spoke on the sidelines appreciated TY Danjuma foundation for the intervention and called on other donor organizations to come to their aid.

Another IDP, retired Corporal Patrick Kurugh, said even though the items did not reach him, he was happy over the kind gesture extended to Gwer-West people. Kurugh who recalled his good days in the Nigerian Army under General Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) prayed God to bless him immensely.

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