From Uche Uche, Damaturu
A ten-member group, under the auspices of Yobe, Borno Indigene Forum residing in Abuja, has donated relief materials to the Yobe state government for distribution to the Internally Displaced Persons(IDP) in the state who have escaped insurgency attacks in their respective places and now living with relatives in the state.
Speaking during the occasion, the leader of the team, Ambassador B.K.Kaigama, pointed out that membership of the forum were drawn from indigenes of the two states residence in Abuja, adding that the forum objectives include assisting people affected by any form of disaster, offering of consultancy assistance in socio-economic development sectors in both states.
He pointed out that though the funds for the materials donated were from the contributions of the founding members of the forum, it intends to engage in fund raising campaign both within and outside the country so as to rally enough strength to assist its people when the need arises.
Receiving the delegates on behalf of the state governor, Alh.Dr.Ibrahim Gaidam, the deputy governor, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu thanked the members for their kind gestures on behalf of their own people in need.
He stated that the state has in its record, about 16,000 internally displaced persons who flee their homes to find refuge in the homes of their friends and relatives in Damaturu, the state capital.
He advised the founding members of the forum to expand their membership to include, not only those residing in Abuja, but those outside the country and to include in their programmes how to alleviate poverty among the youths in their state through scholarship awards and creation of employment opportunities for the teeming youths in the two state.
Items donated includes 500 bags of rice, 300 bags of maize and millet respectively, 100 jerry cans of vegetable oils, 350 pieces wrappers for women and 350 pieces of wrappers for men, among others.