VON donates radios to Internally Displaced Persons

Salisu Waziri and Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

Voice of Nigeria (VON) on Friday donated 200 radio sets to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Durumi, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital to enable them to acquaint themselves with events in the country.

The VON Director-General, Mr Sam Worlu, donated the radio sets to the Secretary of the camp, Mr Bala Yusuf.

Worlu said the donation became necessary as VON was collaborating with the Nigerian Army to share information about the military’s fight against insurgents in the North-East

He also urged the IDPs to listen to VON to be abreast of happenings, adding that the military was winning the battle.

“We know that you are here and we feel your suffering but we know in no time, this insurgency will be over and all of you will go back to your communities”.

He also expressed optimism that the idea behind the insurgency would ultimately be defeated.

He, therefore, enjoined Nigerians to cooperate with the military to win the battle.

“We are here for solidarity. Although we don’t live with you, we feel your pains and difficulties.

“I pray that the unfortunate and sad situation that led to this development would soon come to an end,’’ Worlu said.

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Responding, Yusuf commended VON for the gesture and urged it to convey the IDPs’ challenges such as the lack of medical facilities and accommodation, among others, to the Federal Government.

He said that he and the other IDPs would only feel like citizens of Nigeria, when the Federal Government provided them with the necessary amenities.

Yusuf urged the government to end the insurgency to enable them to return to their various homes.

Some of the IDP’S who spoke to voice of Nigeria said they are aware of the efforts of the Nigerian military in the fight against the insurgency and they are willing to go back to their communities with the necessary support from the government.

The Gwoza/Boma camp in area one Durumi Abuja, has over one thousand five hundred Internally Displaced Persons, with women and children as majority.