By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
As support keeps pouring in, the latest donor has said that the presentation of non food items relief materials to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Maraba Kajuru is targeted at making them more conducive.
Programme Coordinator, African Centre For Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD), Mr. Uche Arisuku, expressed this during presentation of relief materials to 1352 households at the Maraba Kajuru IDP camp on Saturday, March 23, 2019.
“You can see the conditions of the camp it is not too healthy, so we want to make it conducive before they go to their houses,” he said.
He explained that the intervention is a pilot scheme, because their main focus in the area is mitigating of conflicts.
“We are doing mitigation of violence programmes in Benue and Kaduna. We realized there is violence we decided to donate non food items.
“It is a pilot scheme. What we are doing here today is non food items donation,” he said.
When asker if the request of the IDPs for donation of building materials would be looked into, he said that they can have such conversations related to request for building materials.
“I am sure other funders will be interested,” he added.
He stressed that the donations were made by Christian Aid in collaboration with Centre LSD with support from START Network.
“We are are presenting the items to 1,352 households. We are handing this over to SEMA for onward distribution.
“We are also thinking of going to Kufena camp. We are also doing same in Benue while doing this, we are letting people know it is cheaper to maintain peace than violence.
“Everybody here will get an item,” he assured.
Items donated and distributed to the 1,352 households included 6 mats, 6 buckets, washing detergent, sanitary pads, textile materials, children clothing, mosquito nets, bathing soap and others to each of the households.