Succour for Jos blast victims

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Jun 2nd, 2014
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Help has come for victims of Jos blasts. An Abuja-based non-governmental organisation, Neighbor to Neighbor Initiative went to Jos, Plateau State capital, with a truckload of relief materials for survivors of the terror attack who are nursing their wounds at various hospitals in the  state capital.

Shortly after the explosions at the Terminus market in which over 100 people lost their lives and about 50 were injured, the NGO led by its director Hajiya Fatima Dalihu Lemo, was in Jos on a mission to help the victims.

The organisation came with assorted food items. They also came with household items like toilet paper, bottled water, beverages and cartons of noodles.

On hand to receive the NGO with their donations was a delegation of the Plateau State government led by Commissioner for Environment, Hon. Sylvanus Dongtoe and Commissioner for Urban Development Hon. Solomon Maren.

Presenting the items to the state government, Hajiya Fatima Lemo said, “This is our own little way of showing concern to victims of the blast. We are here with bags of maize, millet, rice, sugar, etc.

Continuing, she said, “We are aware that even before the bomb blasts, there were displaced women in Riyom and Bassa local government areas as a result of violent disputes in the areas. We will hand over these items to the state government for onward distribution to the affected victims in Riyom and Bassa.

“Apart from this, we have also some house hold items which we need to take to the various hospitals for victims of the bomb blast who are mostly poor market women and their Children. This is our widows might as well as a show of concern to these victims. We are using this presentation to prove to them that we share with them whatever pains they are going through at the moment. We cannot comfort them, but God Almighty will comfort them,” said Hajiya Lemo.

Receiving the items on behalf of the state government, Hon, Sylvanus Dongtoe expressed the state’s appreciation of the NGO’s gesture.

He said, “This is the first NGO that has shown this kind of sympathy with victims of the attack, and government is most grateful to you for this.”

The commissioner assured the NGO that the items would be delivered to the right targets.

Hon Dongtoe also called on other Nigerians to come to the aid of victims of the attack, saying the challenge is beyond the capacity of government.

“Government needs such gestures from philanthropic organisations, groups and individuals; that is the only way we can be our brother’s keeper as citizens of the same country,” he said.

At the Plateau Specialist Hospital, Bingham University Teaching Hospital (BUTH) and the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) where the NGO also presented some items to victims, Hajiya Lemo said, “We are here to console you, we are here because we share in your pains, pls put your hope on God and do not lose hope in life”

Hajiya Lemu, after going round the wards to see the victims handed over the items to Mr David Ayuba, Director Medical Services of the Plateau State Specialists Hospital who received the items on behalf of the victims.

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