– Donates food, clothes and sanitary materials
BY Pat PA Okon
THE University of Port Harcourt Alumni Association, Abuja Chapter on Sunday, November 12th, 2017 fulfilled its corporate social responsibility role by paying a visit to the Gwoza/ Bama Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Durumi, FCT, Abuja.
The visit was to serve as a needs-assessment and presentation of food items, used clothes and sanitary materials to fellow citizens who have found themselves in a situation they did not bargain for.
The members gathered at the Cockerel Fast Food Restaurant in Area 1 Zoological Garden Garki, which is their monthly meeting venue and served as the take-off point for the IDP Camp visit. With a decent crowd of about twenty five members of the Abuja Chapter, they proceeded at about 4pm to the camp and were received by the Camp Coordinator Mr. Aliu Ibrahim.
According to Mr. Ibrahim, the number one need of the inhabitants of the IDP camp is food; there is never enough food for them. Next is Medicare; with a population of approximately 2,000 people, the women and children are the most vulnerable and need a lot of help in terms of basic needs of food, clothing and shelter. The make-shift accommodation exposes these vulnerable people to the elements as well as human danger; they were made to understand that an 8-year old child was raped in the camp a few days earlier.
Education of the children in the camp is also a major concern of the camp coordinator as he said they are unable to afford payment of qualified teachers who come to teach the children.
Responding, the President, Austin Okeze, the Executive Committee and members of the University of Port Harcourt Alumni Association after listening and seeing for themselves the deplorable conditions of the Camp and its inhabitants promised to follow up on the visit by addressing the needs of the camp through appeals to more members of its Branch and the general public to support this very noble cause of lending a helping hand to our brothers in need.
The Alumni thanked all those who made the visit and presentation possible, especially those who are not members of the Association but still supported with finance and advices that helped in no small measure to make the visit a success.
The President and Executive Committee members of the Abuja Chapter equally appealed to all “Unique” Alumni members in Abuja and environs to identify with the Chapter and follow up on activities and programs as available on social, print and electronic media – Facebook @https://web.facebook.com/uniqueuniport.abujachapter andhttps://web.facebook.com/groups/upaahqtrs.