Sheer empathy and commitment to the wellbeing of the Nigerian people formed the main driving force that moved a leading indigenous petroleum marketing firm, Nipco Plc, to pull down million of Naira to provide succour to the victims of insurgency in the northeastern parts of the country.
Spokesman, Mr. Taofeek Lawal, sated weekend that Nipco plc donated relief materials to internally displaced persons camping in the ancient city of Gashua, Yobe, State. Prior to the donation of food items, he said, the Managing Director of Nipco, Mr Venkataraman Venkatapathy had empathised with the Executive Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Geidam and the good people of the state on the spate of insurgent attacks in the state pledging the company’s support through donation of relief materials to ameliorate the sufferings of the IDPs.
He said the succour being offered is to compliment the efforts of the state government in addressing the plight of the displaced persons who by providence had to be dislocated from their original settlements. Mr Venkatapathy equally informed the governor that the intervention is our own way of identifying with the people who have been traumatised adding that it also offers us a veritable avenue of giving back to the society by way of corporate social responsibility. According to him, similar assistance had been rendered through the Victims Support Fund [VSF] meant to address the problem of people and communities affected by insurgency in the northeast in July 2014.
Making the physical presentation of the items at one of the IDPs distribution point at the Yadi Barkin Kasuwa in Gashua ,director of the company ,Alhaji Yakubu Mohammed said “ we have come to see the IDPs in their camps and feel their pains with the ultimate objective of rendering help to ease their sufferings.”
He pointed out that Nipco is deeply concerned with the plight of the IDPs stressing that no responsible men and women want to be in this type of situation as it is now up those of us either as an individual or corporate entity to help them at least to feed among other things.
While applauding the recent giant strides of President Muhammadu Buhari in tackling insurgency in the north eastern zone of the country, Alhaji Yakubu the company will continue to support government at all levels to reduce the discomfort and want of those affected having suffered alienation due to the rebellious of few people in the society.
Receiving the relief items which included 200 bags of rice and 350 packs of Noodles the District Head of Lawan Musa ward, Alhaji Lawan Gana Gashua thanked the company and urged other corporate organizations to emulate the gesture. He said in the history of the IDPs assistance to the town no corporate organization had deem it fit to assist stressing the visit of Nipco management to the camp is an enviable thing worthy of commendation .