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COVID-19: ActionAid Gives N22.5m To Benue IDPs

By Ella Makondo

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ActionAid Nigeria in partnership with First Step Action for  Children Initiative on Saturday donated N22.5 million cash to  1,500 women in various Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps  in Benue State to reduce the hardship  caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The humanitarian intervention funded  by Start Fund was  to assist the IDPs especially  women and girls to cope with the hardship created by COVID-19  pandemic ranging from  sexual abuses, exploitations, inadequate essential hygiene kits, handwashing facilities among others.

Speaking on Saturday during the distribution of the relief items at Daudu 3 IDPs Camp, Guma Local Government Area , the Manager for Humanitarian and Resilience , ActionAid Nigeria, Mr David Habba, said  that the emergency intervention was for  four IDPs camps in the state  namely ; Abagena, Daudu 3, Gbajimba and Ichwa.

Mr Habba further stated  that the beneficiaries were selected across the camps and were  given a monetised sum of N15,000 each to enable them purchase food items of their choice.

According to him, the COVID-19 pandemic  has brought untold hardship especially to living in the IDPs camps , saying hence the need for support to them to alleviate their sufferings.

“We are providing  for  people who have been displaced and living in camps, providing them with food assistance, and providing the hospitals around the vicinities  with PPEs to ensure that they are able to continue to access healthcare facilities without  fear of being infected with COVID-19 . So this is basically COVID-19 intervention.

Also speaking, the Programme Officer , Health and Nutrition , First Step Action for Children Initiative, Mngohol Korshima said the intervention was to uplift the vulnerable people in the community inorder to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the camps.

“We are partnering with ActionAid Nigeria to provide COVID-I9 relief materials to people who are in IDP camps around Benue State and this is one of the core values of our organisation.

Responding on behalf of the state government, the Senior special Assistant to Governor Samuel Ortom on state Emergencies, Hon Cyprin Tsenongu appreciated  Non Governmental Organisations  for always coming to aid of the IDPs.

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