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Customs donates relief materials to Benin IDPs

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File: SOME OF THE INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS (IDPs) WHO RETURNED TO THEIR HABITUAL RESIDENCE FOLLOWING THE RETAKE OF THE COMMUNITY FROM TERRORISTS BY TROOPS OF THE NIGERIAN MILITARY IN GWOZA,

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), on Monday donated a total of 10,653 (50Kg) bags of rice and other relief materials to the Uhogua Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Benin.

The Chairman, National Logistics Committee (NLC), Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs, Abdulkadir Azarema, said this while donating the items to the IDPs in Benin.

Azarema said Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria, concerned about the suffering of Nigerians caused by insurgency, directed its Controller-General, Hameed Ali, the Customs boss, to transfer all seized perishable items to IDPs.

According to Azarema, the NCS has been discharging the Presidential directive since February 2016.

“I am, therefore, happy to announce that we are here for the fifth phase to hand over the following items.

“Rice 10,653 (50Kg) bags, 33 cartoons of ricci tomato plaste (400mg), 1,232 cartoons of ricci tomatoes plaste (70mg), 210 pieces of 5 litres gallon of vegetable oil and 40 pieces of 2 litres bottle of vegetable oil.

“Others are 5,822 cartoons of small lucozade boost drink, 993 cartoons of Eva soap, 4 cartoons of liquid soap, 11 cartoons of solid soap, 329 bales of second hand clothing and 2,159 pairs of shoes.

“We urge camp officials to ensure judicious use of these relief materials for all the affected people,” Azarema said.

He explained that the Committee had as members NCS, the Army, Police, Civil Defense, FRSC, NAFDAC, NTA and NAN.

Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki, thanked President Buhari for the kind gesture towards victims of insurgency in the country.

Obaseki said the State Government would ensure that the donated materials were given to the Intended beneficiaries.

The Coordinator of the Camp, Solomon Folorunsho, thanked the Federal Government, State Government and NCS for supporting the Uhogua IDPs.

Folorunsho said there were presently 3,000 IDPs in the camp, including children, women and men.

He said some of the children from the camps were in different universities across the country while some were presently preparing for the West African Examination Council (WAEC) examination.