Two major Islamic organisations in Nigeria have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on humanitarian service and social works to alleviate the suffering of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
The MoU between the Muslim Public Affairs Centre (MPAC) and the NASFAT Agency for Zakat and Sadaqah (NAZAS) was initiated to assist the government towards addressing the plight IDPs spread across many camps in the country.
The IDP crisis was triggered by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East of Nigeria.
In a joint release, the two organisations said they are united by a common goal.
“MPAC and NAZAS share a common vision of working towards addressing the welfare issues of the IDPs through initiatives that will project the beauty of Islam.
“This is possible when Muslim organisations work together with shared values and commitment on humanitarian and social projects.
“Towards achieving the above vision, MPAC and NAZAS have signed a memorandum of understanding to kick start the IDPs intervention project of providing aids and relief materials to the displaced persons,” the statement read in part.
The intervention project, which followed MPAC earlier four intervention programmes and medical outreach at IDPs camps, involves provision of aids and relief materials to be distributed IDPs.
The release acknowledged the need for quick intervention in the social crisis.
“The insurgency in the North East Region of Nigeria has led to the displacement of several persons from their different homes and most of them are now taking shelters in the various IDPs Centres sited in some parts of Nigeria.
“These Internally displaced persons (IDPs) are facing hunger, affliction of various illnesses due to inadequate medical care and exposure to inclement weather arising from the makeshift accommodation they have in their camps and as such require assistance to feed and take care of themselves in their IDPs Centres/camps.”
The materials to be distributed at the camps include but not limited to clothing, foot wears, sanitary, toiletries, household utensils, toys, books and medicals.
At the MOU signing, the NASFAT Agency for Zakat and Sadaqah team was led by its Director, Alhaji Mustapha Bello and the MPAC team was headed by the Director of Administration, Mr. Amani Momodu.
By Yinka Salaam, Osogbo