The Police Officers Wives Association (POWA) has gifted relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Ohogua Community in Ovia North East Local Government Area, Edo State.
Items presented includes 100 matresses, 100 pillow-cases, 100 bags of rice, 100 buckets, 10 cartons of washing soap, 100 cartons of bathing soap, 10 cartons of body cream and two bales of clothes.
The National President of POWA and wife of the Inspector General of Police, Hajiya Asmau Ibrahim Idris, who led other members of the union on the movement, said the gesture is aimed to improve the hardship experienced by this displaced persons as a result of the activities of insurgents that dispersed families and forced them to seek shelter in the camps.
Hajiya Asmau also said as responsible wives and mothers who feel the pains and impact of this displacement from their homes, they owe them a duty to visit and put smiles on their faces.
Asmau also panegyrized Governor Godwin Obaseki, noting that it is her hope and prayer that more Nigerians and institutions of government make more commitment towards extenuating the sufferings of people living in IDP camps.
Governor Obaseki, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Special Duties, Hon. Yakubu Gowon, commended POWA for its humanitarian gesture.
Obaseki urged other stakeholders to join forces with the state and Federal Government in assisting the IDPs recover from the trauma of terrorism.
Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, commended the wife of the IGP for the gesture, noting that the visit marks another milestone in the history of the State Police Command.
He commended the IGP for his contribution to minimizing criminality in the state through the provision of needed equipment to fight crime adding that the IGP made it possible to establish a Marine Police base in Edo State to put a stop to criminal activity on water ways.
He further stated that the waterway in the state is now safer as criminals now find it difficult to use the waterway as a means of escape after committing crimes on land.
The coordinator of the IDP camp, Pastor Solomon Folorunsho, expressed gratitude to the wife of the IGP and POWA for the visit saying that the visit has lifted the spirit of over 2,000 members in the camp.
Folorunsho also thanked the Federal Government and the Edo State Government for their continued support explaining that members of the camp cherish education and have continued to make immense progress in their educational pursuit with about 30 of them attending different universities.
He also noted that 25 of them gained admission into university, six out of the 25 are to study Medicine and Surgery, eight of them are studying Nursing and Midwifery, while seven are at the university reading law.