Originally written By Adelola Amihere
The wife of the Minister of Transportation, Dame Judith Amaechi has donated relief items to internally Displaced persons at the New Kuchingoro Camp in Abuja.
The donations were made through her pet project called Empowerment support Initiative, a non-Governmental Organization (NGO), which has trained over 6,000 entrepreneurs in Nigeria over the past 10 years and has impacted greatly in the lives of the less privilege
Making the donations of bags of rice, beverages, laundry soaps cartons of Indomie and rolls of wrappers on her behalf, the founder, Isreal Ibeleme Foundation, Isreal Ibeleme said the gesture was in celebration of ten years anniversary of ESI.
He said, ” it has always been the desire of her Excellency to help the poor. She has empowered so many Nigerians through her foundation. She is a giver and has a strong passion and love for the less privilege.
” Please pray for her and her husband. if God bless them, I am very sure they won’t forget you all.
Please stay away from violence make sure you love one another.
“I have also been informed that she is the first wife of a minister to visit this camp and I promise you on her behalf that she will come again.”
In his response, Chairman of the Camp, Philemon Emmanuel expressed appreciation to the wife of the Minister for the items and prayed for Gods continuous blessings
He however pointed out that they were faced with a myriad of challenges ranging from poor health services to education for the displaced children.
“We have begged the Government to attach us 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 there is a retired nurse who volunteers to work here. and she comes three rimes in a week, but we have no Doctor.
“There is no antenatal care for our women as most women deliver here in the camp. We have a woman who lives close to the camp that comes to help the pregnant women sometimes
“We have a skill acquisition centre donated by Nelson Mandela foundation but since they changed their high commissioner, there is no training going on now. And the new high commissioner has not visited us here at the camp.”
Speaking further, he explained a few of the displaced persons have been encouraged to return to farms as a way of fending for themselves.
” That is why we encouraged our people that instead of staying idle in the camp, they should go and farm. So if you have money, you can go and rent a land in Nassarawa state and farm. That is why you can see that the camp is a bit empty as we are now harvesting our beans.