ASUU Provides Relief Items to Internally Displaced People in Benue

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has provided both food and non-food essentials to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Benue State.
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The donation was presented at the Abagana IDP camp in Makurdi on Tuesday. Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, the National President of ASUU, conveyed that the intention behind these contributions was to extend support and compassion to the IDPs in Benue.

Represented by Professor Ralpy Ofokwu, the National Resource Person of the union, he mentioned that this act of donation was part of a broader national initiative, concurrently taking place across various locations in the country.

The President said, “The purpose of our visit today is to show the kindness of ASUU, the kindness that ASUU has been fighting for the upliftment of the masses.

“One of it is what we are doing throughout the country. As we are here in Abagana camp, ASUU is also in Niger, Gombe, and other places, giving this to those who are marginalised, especially at this time of excruciating poverty, time our people are suffering from fuel subsidy removal and a time when people at the camp have nothing to eat, he said.

While appreciating the state government for its guidance and care for the IDPs, Professor Osodeke called on the Federal Government to secure communities in the state and across the country to enable the displaced persons to return to their homes.

The immediate past National Welfare Officer of ASUU, Professor Stella-Maris Okey, expressed sadness over the number and conditions of the IDPs especially pregnant women and children saying the situation calls for urgent action.

The Executive Secretary of State Emergency and Management Agency, James Iorpuu, represented by the Programme Manager, James Iorhuna, appreciated ASUU for their kind gesture saying despite not having salaries for over eight months, the union still managed to put monies together for the donations.

He prayed to God to bless the members and make them excel in their careers especially as they continue to impart knowledge to the Nigerian children.

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