Corps member donated over 500,000 worth of items to Women and Children of Bakassi IDP Camp Ikot Effiom Community of Bakassi Local Government Area in Cross River State on Sunday 26th February, 2017
Mohammed Thompson a graduate of University of Lagos from Kogi State popularly known as Mo’ by his friends and colleagues who is currently serving in Cross River State House of Assembly carried out this outreach as part of his Personal Community development Projects.
In his opening remarks, he said he is carrying out this project in the camp to draw back the attention of government, media and well-meaning Nigerians who are currently focusing on only IDP Camps in the North East of Nigeria. He added that most of these other camps are even more in pitiable conditions that the North East Camps now and therefore need urgent supports too. He added that this is his own little way of showing the returnees that they are not alone. He prayed for them and urged them to remain peaceful; laws abiding most especially to their host community and never give up on Nigeria no matter their conditions.
The corps members has previously organized Free Medical Outreach on Malaria testing and treatment, HIV testing and treatment, Blood Sugar Check, Weight and Height Check and Eye Testing and treatment for Esuko Otu Community, The host community of NYSC Cross River State Secretariat in which 186 person within and outside the community benefited from the outreach. He also organized Startup Corpers Calabar Summit, a program brought Speaker, Cross River State House of Assmbly, Secretary to the State Government Cross River State, AIG Zone 6, Commissioner for Youth and Sport Cross River State, National President Nigeria Youth Congress, CBN, Bank of Industry, Bank of Agriculture and Sterling Bank to interact with corps members in Cross River State in pursuit of a better after NYSC Life
in their reactions, beneficiaries of the gesture have these to say;
Chief Ekpo E. Effiom, the community head of Ikot Effionm “I am very happy and grateful for this corper has done to my people, I never expect that a coups member can carry out this kind laudable project. May God bless him and give him better job after NYSC. I want to use the medium to call on government at all levels to redeem the promises they made most in the area of basic amenities for returnees’ camp as well as empowering them to be financially independent. ” I want to also call on other corps members and well-meaning Nigerians to emulate good work.
Representative of the women leader of the camp, Mrs Ikwo Fuaston has this to say:
“I want to thank this person very much for coming to assist us, for coming to give us these things, we really appreciate it. We are pleading that please it should not end here, they should talk to government so that they should not forget us here that we are IDPs, we don’t have anything to do, we only do manual jobs for a living, they should once in a while come to our aid.”
Umo Asuquo Ekpo Jnr. The young youth leader for ward 7 where the cam is situated also have this to say: “To the person that have make my people to feel happy today(sic), I say may God almighty in his infinite mercy bless him and keep him, give him the grace and zeal to continue doing what he has done here today so that at the end all glory and honour be given unto him.”
When asked by the corps member media team on his expectation, here is what he said
” I was not expecting, in fact what I have seen is more than what I was expecting, he has given pampers, mosquito nets, pads, clothes, tomatoes… May God bless him and give the zeal to continue the good work”
Jennifer Kelechi Ekwujuru, one of the corps members who assisted him also had this to say:
“our visit to bakassi IDPs camp was a success and distribution of the items went well. It gave me an insight of what an IDP cam looked like and what people in such situation faced, seeing them happy as they stood in a queue to pick up their own gift items and voicing out what they needed and they can do if the government provided things like lands and skill acquisition for them, am so glad mohammed Thompson my fellow corper came up with this initiative to visit the IDP and donate items like sanitary pads, clothes tomatoes etc to them. Mohammed is a thoughtful corper whom apart from visiting the IDPs has done other projects like Startup Corpers Calabar and health outreach. He is indeed a corper to be emulated, I see him as a role model and motivator because he has proven to me beyond all reasonable doubts that you don’t need to have it all to make an impact”
135 children, 107 women and 16 men making a total of 258 persons participated in the program
The donation includes 500 pieces of Sanitary pads, 10 dozens of exercise books, 4 bags of fairly used clothes (Okrika), two bails of long lasting treated mosquito nets 2 cartons of tin tomatoes, 10 packs of pampers and 5 dozens of sachet custard power. The project features Roll- Back Malaria Campaign and Donations.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Women and Children
SITUATION OF THE CAMP
- No electricity
- No Health Care Centre
- No School
- No water
- No any empowerment Program
“Is as if the governments just brought us and dump us here” an expression by one of the returnees. “We are suffering here ooo and we need help” exclaimed by another returnee
The Project was supported by
- Cross River State House of Assembly
- Nigerian Port Authority
- Oando PlC
- The Commanding Officer, Nigerian Navy Ship Victory, Calabar
- Eva Giant Limited
- The state controller, Nigerian Customs Service, Calabar Free Trade Zone