JALINGO – The National Biotechnology Development Agency has donated relief Materials to displaced persons from Madagali, Mubi and other places in Borno and Adamawa states, who are camping in Jalingo.
The Director General of the agency, Prof. Lucy Ogbadu, presented the items to the victims on Sunday in Jalingo.
She said the agency was deeply concerned about the plight of the victims and prayed to God to intervene in their situation.
She said “we are here today to identify with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the time of your need, we are deeply touched about what you are passing through.’’
Represented by the agency’s Assistant Director, Administration, Mr Adio Emmanuel, Ogbadu urged the victims not to give up hope for brighter future.
She added that “no matter what you are passing through, I urge you to remain hopeful, do not give up on yourselves, do not give up on Nigeria.’’
Dr Jummai Adamu, the agency’s Director, North East Zone, said she was overwhelmed with joy to see smiles on the faces of the displaced persons, saying most of the food items donated were harvest from the agency’s farm in Jalingo.
Adamu called on well-meaning individuals and corporate organisations to come to the aid of the victims to make life meaningful for them.
Responding on behalf of the displaced persons, Rev. Zaphanial Manyi, thanked the agency for identifying with them at the most trying moment of their lives.
Manyi said most of the children in the camp did not know the whereabouts of their parents.
He added that “many of the children you see here did not know where their parents are, but we continue to encourage them to look at God as their father and mother.’’
Items donated include bags of maize, rice, cottons of indomie noodles, milk, wrappers, among others.