Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja have lamented the deplorable living condition in the camp. The IDPs said they are living like slaves in the camp.
As such, they have cried out to the Federal Government and FCT administration to come to their aid to improve their Deputy Chairman, FCT Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Mr. Mathias Adamu, raised concerns over the deplorable condition of camps.
He said that there was acute shortage of drinking water, lack of medical and toilet facilities as well as lack of electricity supply since they moved into the camp two years ago.
The IDPs leader also said since the setting up of the camp by some individuals, who came to their aid after they were displaced by the insurgents, they relied solely on non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and religious group for survival.
“If not for the regular intervention of NGOs, religious and corporate organisations, life will have been difficult for us in this camp.
The FCT Administration and the Federal Government are not doing enough to cater for our needs; in fact we are living like slaves in this place as you can see,” he said. Adamu, however, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency assist them with better accommodation to enable them live a decent life before they returned to their localities.
Meanwhile, in a bid to alleviate the sufferings of the IDPs living in Abuja, a non-governmental organisation, the Voice of Peace and Cultural Integration Initiative of Nigeria (VPCIIN), has donated food items and toiletries to the IDPs in their camp.
Addressing newsmen shortly after presenting the items to the beneficiaries, the Chairman of the NGO, Chief Jonas Ezenwa, said it was a duty of all Nigerians to assist IDPs.
Jonas said that government alone cannot shoulder the responsibility of addressing plights of IDPs and appealed to well-meaning Nigerians to compliment his efforts to better the living standard of the displaced people.
Leader of the IDPs at Durumi Camp, Malam Umar Ali, expressed gratitude to the organisation for their gesture.
Source: New Telegraph