The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Makurdi branch, last week, paid a visit to the Abagena and Gbajimba Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs), Camps and donated food and non-edible items to the residents.
NBA Makurdi branch Chairman, Job Ishember, who led the delegation of lawyers to the camps said they were at the camps to identify with the IDPs in their moment of difficulties and to see how they can help in cushioning the effects of the significant distress associated with displacement.
Mr. Ishember also called on government at all levels, humanitarian organisations and philanthropists to evolve proactive modalities that will help the IDPs return home to resume their normal lives.
The delegation after taking a tour of the facility, expressed concern over decaying infrastructure while appealing to the government to adequately provide basic amenities like water, toiletries, electricity among others to make life meaningful for the IDPs.
Receiving the items, the camp commander of Abagena, Solomon Azulo and the Secretary of the displaced persons, Gbajimba camp, Ujaka Anyom, both commended NBA Makurdi branch for the visit and donations, saying it only takes wisdom and good heart to identify with those in need.
While lamenting lack of food as a major challenge facing them in camp, which make most IDPs resort to menial jobs like hewing of woods to sustain their families.
The officials decried fraudulent diversion of food items and other relief materials by some of the camp staff.
“Most times relief materials meant for us are diverted by camp officials, even the seedlings that were meant to be shared to us early this year were diverted and shared to their relations who are not affected by the crises and are not even in the camp here with us”