The MTN Foundation has joined ongoing efforts to provide assistance to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) left homeless by the flood recently devastated Benue state.
Representatives of the Foundation in collaboration with its PR agency – Brooks & Blake, and video production company – IBST media, visited the International Market Camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Makurdi. The camp was set up following the floods and recently registered 4,775 persons, displaced and in need of relief materials.
Commenting on the importance of public-private partnerships, Sola Fijabi, Principal Partner, for PR agency, Brooks and Blake Nigeria said: “The efforts of our government in alleviating the challenges faced must be appreciated. We must realise that the government cannot do this alone, and this makes it necessary for private organisations to pro-actively contribute towards addressing these issues.”
The team met with affected individuals and families, and chronicled their stories of sorrow, hope, and gratitude.
“Like stories of devastation in other parts of the world have prompted great acts of kindness and support, we must tell our story in a compelling way. Highlighting a common humanity and ongoing relief efforts in a way that forever remains indelible in our memories, and prompting more of our countrymen to step up and lend a helping hand,” said Remi Ogunpitan, Managing Director IBST Media and media partner on the donations.
Sleep and cooking kits, including mattresses and pillows, kerosene stoves, non-perishable food items and other relevant materials, were distributed to ease the present circumstances.
Speaking on the visit, Mrs. Blessing Amanze, the Regional Trade Marketing Manager of MTN Nigeria, said: “MTN has an enduring commitment to our people, our customers, and our country. We stand with our brothers and sisters – the people and government of Benue State, at this difficult time. We sympathise with you, and hope that this token helps provide some much needed comfort.”