- NBM has donated loads of gift items to IDPs in Benin
- The camp holds about 2,500 people
- The group also made a mega donation of N500,000 to the IDPs
As part of its programme to commemorate this year's 38th annual convention holding in Warri Delta state, the Neo-Black Movement of Africa (NBM Worldwide) has set aside its Day 1 to visit the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Benin City, Edo state.
The camp which holds about 2,500 people, both children and adults is being managed by the International Christian Center (ICC) with the overseer of the camp, Pastor Solomon Folorunsho.
The national president of NBM of Africa, Bemigho Eyeoyibo while giving out the items disclosed that that it is a collective effort of the movement to donate to the camp in its way of giving back to the community and the nation.
He said: "The NBM of Africa convention has commenced and we feel it right to start on this notable charity visitation which is also part of our programme.
“The visitation will continue to be on a yearly basis while encouraging other well to do Nigerians to key into the step taken by the movement.
Receiving the mega donation of N500,000, food stuff, drugs and other materials from NBM, Folorunsho praised the association for the wonderful noble service to the nation and most especially to the people in the camp.
He mentioned that it has been a great effort in seeing the love and joy the association has brought to them adding that it is inspiring and encouraging.
The pastor maintained that the basic challenges they have been experiencing is lack of food items, need for expansion of accommodation, education, skill acquisition programme amongst others.
He said: "As a result of the level of population here which is estimated to be at about 2,500 people, consuming foods three times daily, going by the increase in prices of food items in the country has been worrisome.
"We also need more accommodation. We implore other individuals, companies and association like yours, to take this laudable step that you have taken as the houses are congested here.
"There are also uncompleted buildings being used as classrooms for nursery, primary and higher education students, which have not been convenient. We are soliciting for educational materials as well."
He emphasised that the camp is maintaining a skill acquisition programme for the children willing to learn adding that they are curious to participate knowing that one day things will be settled and they will return to their various homes.
The pastor thanked NBM of Africa for the beneficial visitation while hoping for a continual contribution as a quota in the country.
Speaking on behalf of the children, Usman Sulaimon, a victim in the camp said that since 2012 he has been in the camp, he has gotten the opportunity to further his education and improve his knowledge whereby leaving freely without any fear of attack.
"We receive this items with joy and hope that God will continue to multiply your resources," he added.
The Public Relations Officer of NBM of Africa, Comrade Melvin Udo-Richmond said that the association has rolled out various activities for the convention which is very laudable
He mentioned that there will also be a visitation to the Olu of Warri in his palace with football matches, lectures, investitures amongst others, to beef up this year's convention.