Nigerian National Petroleum Company, NNPC, Total Oil Plc and Red Cross Society have collaborated to render a high-impact support programme to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs and victims of Terrorism in the Northeast sub-region.
Managing Director and Chief Executive TOTAL, Mr. Nicolas Terraz who flagged off the support programme said the idea was inspired by the predicament of the IDPs, just as it is a response to the Federal Government’s corporate and private bodies to support its effort on rehabilitating and rebuilding of the northeast.
He said the occasion marked the beginning of both a joint venture among the three bodies and responsibility aimed at changing the lives of victims.
Terraz who was represented by Engineer Vincent Nnamdi said the programme is targeted at the vulnerable groups, particularly, widows, children and the elderly and would “deliver with high impact in not less than 12 months”.
He said the programme is designed to enhance their means of livelihood and economic activities, provide safe learning space for the children, provide health support, supply of food and safe drinking water, and provide personal hygiene with the aim of enhancing their standards of living.
Mallam Mohammed Danjuma, Spokesman for Presidential Initiative on Northeast Development, stated that about 70% of the IDPs may have been integrated into the society, but most of them have access to little or nothing to support their living.
He therefore said rendering humanitarian support to them remained necessary “in order to pull them back on their feet, and in turn rebuild the economy of the area”.
He also advised NNPC and TOTAL to ensure the sustainability of the programme just as he commended them for the initiative.

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