Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq says his government is open to collaborations from various organizations to support the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
He made this statement while receiving relief materials donated to the state by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
Represented at the event by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Mamma Sabah Jibril, Governor AbdulRazaq commended the Federal Government for the gesture, just as he expressed concern over the issue of IDPs in Nigeria.
The Governor enlisted the support of relevant agencies, corporate bodies and well-to-do individuals in alleviating the sufferings of IDPs, saying they are in need of basic necessities of life.
“They need to be assisted from all corners – government, individuals and corporate organisations. The IDPs are highly in need of basic necessities of life. They have been forced out of their houses and doing nothing where they are. So, they have to be sustained.
“The state government is doing its best to this category of people who found themselves in the state. Your coming is to boost our support to the IDPs.
“Let me assure you that the materials will go down to those that are meant to benefit from the materials. They will not be diverted to another place. That will not happen here.
“Our collaboration with your agency (NIMASA) has started on a very clear note and I hope that the collaboration will go on stronger. We welcome other organisations willing to offer support in promoting the welfare of the internally displaced persons across the country,” he said.
On her part, Deputy Coordinator, Abuja Zonal Office of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Hajia Moji Jimoh explained that the donation was part of the agency’s corporate social responsibilities to assist the internally displaced persons located in Kwara State.
“As part of the corporate social responsibilities of NIMASA, the Director-General Dr Bashir Yusuf Jamoh directed my team to present some relief materials to Your Excellency towards ameliorating the plight of the internally displaced citizens in the state who affected by the activities of banditry and other forms of insecurity,” she said.
“The items brought are in two categories as relief materials for the internally displaced persons as well as SMEs equipment for empowerment. We hope our little gesture will go a long way in complementing the state government’s efforts to make life easier for the beneficiaries.”
Items donated include, 20 (25kg) of rice; 20 (50kg) of rice; 30 vegetable oil (5litres); 40 mattresses; 10 sewing machines; 10 grinding machines; 2 tricycles; 4 motorcycles and 10 standing hair dryers.