Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
A Nigerian non-governmental organisation, Jose Foundation has appealed to the House of Lords in the United Kingdom to help in finding succour for the over 2 million people living in camps in the North East as Internal Displaced Persons.
The IDPs had to flee their homes following deadly invasion and attacks by Boko Haram insurgents.
Addressing members of the House of Lords in the UK, the President of the foundation, Martins Abhulimhen told the Lordships that President Muhammadu Buhari had provided an enabling environment for help to reach the IDP.
He said: “Jose Foundation, being unable to participate actively in ameliorating the effects of the war against insurgency, due to being ill equipped to fight against insurgency, has began to find relevance because the ten months old government of President Muhammadu Buhari has been able to repeal the insurgents and create safe camps for internally displaced people, a majority of whom are children. We now can show our zeal as it is safe to work in such camps.”
“The internally displaced people are part of what I have come here to sensitise your Lordships about. For the first time in the history of Nigeria, we have a discipline, corrupt free leadership under the impeccable person of President Muhammadu Buhari, which without any doubt will make our tasks a lot easier.
“Donations are bound to reach the people it is meant for. We at Jose Foundation are partnering Save the Children organisation UK, Nepal Child Rescue foundation, the Wellbeing Foundation and a host of other like-minded non-governmental organisations to help the Nigerian government ease this burden and end this crisis and humanitarian catastrophe.
Moved by the plight of the less privileged in the society and the dilemma of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the face of dwindling funds, a group of entrepreneurs and international businessmen came together to float the Jose Foundation in 2003.
With the mission statement: ‘Building Bridges to Eradicate Poverty and Improve Life’, Jose Foundation, according to the initiators, was established to assist governments and charitable organisations in their effort at helping the impoverished peoples of the world.
The organisation seeks to use its vast resources, as well as such funds and contributions it receives from world bodies as government institutions, aid donors and philanthropists to help develop communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean Island.