The TY Danjuma Foundation (TYDF) says it has committed over N200 million to catering and empowering Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) across the country since the start of insurgency.
Dr Sunday Udo, the foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, disclosed this while speaking at the inauguration of Training and Skills Acquisition Programme for 55 IDPs on Wednesday at New Kuchingoro IDP camp, FCT.
The training programme was organised by TYDF in partnership with All Children Charity International (ACCIF).
Represented by Mr Gima Forje, Grants and Partnership Officer, TYDF, Udo said that the foundation was committed to improving the lives of IDPs.
“All what we are doing is in line with the mission of the organisation and the vision set forth by the Chairman of the organisation — supporting people in need.
“You will imagine people who moved all the way from Borno State to Abuja to get support –that is what we do.
“So far, we have expended about N25 million on this project in Abuja but broadly speaking, we have put over N200 million into the IDPs project,’’ he said.
Udo said that in 2015, 36 IDPs were supported at the Pegi IDPs Camp, Kuje Area Council of FCT, while 55 benefitted at the New Kuchingoro IDPs Camp in 2016.
According to him, TYDF will continue to reach out to IDPs even as it prays that that there will be an enabling environment for them to return to their communities.
Earlier in her address, ACCIF’s Executive Director, Mr Ranti Daudu, said that 55 IDPs would be trained in shoe-making, welding and tailoring for a period of six months.
She said that after the training, the trainees were expected to become entrepreneurs and be able to cater for the needs of their families.
“I wish to inform you that 20 of the IDPs will be trained on tailoring, 25 in shoe-making and 10 in welding technology.
“The equipment are already purchased and waiting to be distributed to each beneficiary after the training.
“Lunch and training materials will also be available for the trained daily during the training days,’’ he said.
She said that IDPs that were trained in 2015 had started using their skills to provide for their families, adding that the programme had achieved up to 80 per cent success.
Daudu commended TYDF for its selfless service to humanity in all spheres of life.
She said that ACCIF had been in existence for about 15 years as an organisation that cater for persons with disability and vulnerable people generally.
The ACCIF founder said that when the issue of insurgency started in Nigeria, the organisation felt that the IDPs were also vulnerable; hence its intervention on IDPs.
In his remarks, Mr Ibrahim Wanbe, the Village Head, New Kuchingoro, thanked TY Danjuma for channelling his resources towards assisting the less privileged.
He advised the trainees to shun social vices and take their training seriously in order to be useful to their respective families and society.
One of the beneficiaries, Mr Haruna Bulama, who hailed from Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the training would change their lives.
“I am very grateful for being a part of this training – shoe-making; we have been staying without doing anything.
“I believe this will change my life and that of other IDPs here,’’ he said.
Bulama, however, said that he looked forward to returning to his hometown when peace was restored.