IDPs urged to be good to host community

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The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have be urged to be good to their host communities and be law abiding in their struggle to earn a living and return to normal life. “We commend your efforts at fending for yourselves and your families but we want to urge you to continue to be good to your host community and assist the government in the maintenance of peace and security in the area.” The Founder of Rant HQ, a Facebook Group, Ms Suzan Ade Coker, said yesterday while engaging with IDPs living in Apo Mechanic Village area of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) during the group’s humanitarian outreach.
With the coordination mechanism of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the group, which boasts of over 100,000 members, donated to the IDPs food items such as Noodles, tomato puree and rice as well as non-food items such as detergents, clothing and toiletries.
Ms Ade Coker expressed Rant HQ genuine concern about the livelihood of the IDPs, hence the relief items. However, she noted that the relief items would not resolve the challenges of displacement but ‘the materials are our widow’s mite to demonstrate that we share in your plight and we truly care. We know this is not much but every little help is all that matters.”
Reacting to the number of school-age children at the place, The Founder enjoined parents to enrol their children in schools. “Please allow your children to attend schools in the neighbourhood. Every opportunity to get them educated should be seized.” She added.
In his response, the men’s leader of the IDPs, Mr Lawal Chakule, thanked RantHQ Founder and her team for their kind gestures and love that transcends tribe, religion and geographical location. He acknowledged the support of the host community and assured that the IDPs would remember RantHQ in their prayers.
The visit to the IDPs in Abuja was the round-up of a two-week humanitarian outreach which started on 23 December 2017, at Ajegunle; and on 26 December moved to Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere Lagos, and in collaboration with Black Diamond Support Foundation, Fed 5,000 kids; provided 5000 printed notebooks, 1000 water bottles and 100 mosquito nets. On 30 December 2017, Rant HQ yet again extended its helping hands to the less privileged children of Ogodoh, a suburb of Mende Maryland Lagos.
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