Volunteers Bemoan Harsh Conditions Edo IDPs Face

IDP'sThe overseer of the International Christian Centre (ICC) In Uhogua, Edo State, Folorunso Solomon, has expressed sadness over the harsh conditions currently being faced by the Internally Displaced Persons in his organisation’s care.

Mr Solomon says although a lot of things are yet to be put in place, there have been various past donations from the government and other agencies have provided more hostels, as well as classroom blocks which have slowly helped in upgrading the place.

He lamented, however, that in spite of the face lift at the centre, the challenges seem far from being over, and opined that the current economic recession could be responsible for the drought in supply of relief materials.

So, he urged the Federal Government to be more prudent with funds allocated for the care of IDP’s.

A volunteer at the centre since 2005, Linda Shulz, highlighted some troubles experienced so far.

She stated that the centre needed more food. “We are very many, even sometimes if we have foodstuff, within few days everything is finished”.

She also pleaded for more staff who would serve as caretakers, especially for the children, “to cook and teach them in our school,” she said.

Shulz, however, praised the government’s previous efforts while pleading that they should not be tired of doing more.

“Government should monitor its efforts in making sure that what they are releasing is getting to those they are giving it to.

“This is because I know the problem is enormous and the responsibility that is thrown on the shoulders of government is quite tasking and demanding.

“We still have a lot of people here, of course there are many who no longer have families, so those of us that are here, the government and everyone have to care for them, give them good education, make them learn skills and prepare them for the future,” she added.

The IDPs who have since been displaced from their states as a result of the insurgency in the north-east of Nigeria, have come to accept the place as home, having been under the care of the ICC since 2012.

The healing of scars from the loss of family members to insurgency in their temporal abode has also been a gradual process.

President Buhari Promises Conducive Environment For Business

BuhariIn fulfillment of his campaign promises, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has given an assurance that his administration will take all necessary measures in ensuring conducive operating environment for businesses, to boost employment in the country.

According to a statement released by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President made the promise during a meeting with the new Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Sadanobu Kusaoke, to whom he gave assurances that his administration will welcome greater investment inflows that will create more job opportunities.

President Muhammadu Buhari said that his administration will take all necessary actions to significantly improve the operating environment for domestic and international companies in Nigeria as part of its efforts to boost employment in the country.

He said that the Federal Government, under his leadership, will welcome greater investment inflows from Japan and other developed nations in support of its plans to revitalize the Nigerian economy and create more jobs.

The President told Mr. Kusaoke that his administration will particularly welcome more trade and economic cooperation with Japan in the manufacturing, technology and agricultural sectors.

“I was very impressed with the role your Prime Minister played at our talks with G-7 leaders in Germany. He had a deep understanding of the challenge in the North-East of Nigeria and how it is affecting our economy.

“We look forward to a stronger partnership with your country in many areas, especially in technology, which is now the major driver of job creation across the world today,” President Buhari told the new Japanese ambassador who was at the Presidential Villa to present his letters of credence.

The President also received the letters of credence of the new Ambassador of Ukraine, Dr. Valerii Aleksandruk and the new High Commissioner of Pakistan, Lt. Gen. Agha Muhammed Umer Farooq.

All the new envoys assured President Buhari that they will work very hard to maintain and strengthen existing relations between Nigeria and their respective countries during their tenure in Abuja.

President Buhari had promised in his inaugural speech to ensure adequate power supply which would boost the activities of small business owners, resulting in growth of the Nigerian economy. He also promised to quickly examine the best way to revive major industries and accelerate the revival and development of the railways, roads and general infrastructure.”