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According to the UNHCR, there were 40.8 million internally displaced persons at the end of 2015. Five countries accounted for 60% of this worldwide total: Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Syria and South Sudan. Internally displaced persons (IDPs) are people who were forced to flee from their homes, but remained within the boundaries of their own country. While they are sometimes referred to as refugees, they do not meet the international definition of the term, making them particularly vulnerable.
There were more than 2 million internally displaced persons in Nigeria at the end of 2015, 136,100 of them in the northeast Nigerian state of Adamawa. Most Nigerian IDPs are the victims of insurgency attacks by extremists, communal violence and natural disasters.
The living conditions in IDP camps are very poor and unsanitary leading to fast spreading disease. Due to extreme poverty, the crime rate in the camps is very high and basic infrastructure such as water, sewerage and power are grossly inadequate if at all existent.
Local government has declared the IDP situation a severe emergency and requested members of the community to get involved, but up until November 2016 no serious donations had been made. One of the reasons may be the concern that contributions would not reach their destination. However it seems the government has managed to establish secure and effective delivery channels to the people of the IDP camps.
Witnessing the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the northeast IDP camps of his country, Benedict Peters, founder and CEO of Aiteo Group, felt he had to take action. In early November, as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility activity, Aiteo Group made a generous donation to the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency.
The donation package was designed to adress basic needs and consisted of large quantities of emergency supplies like salt, sugar, rice, noodles and cooking oil, washing detergent, bathing soap, sanitary towels and diapers. It also included 100 mattresses, 1000 mosquito nets and 1000 exercise books. All items donated cam to an approximated worth of 30 million Nigerian Naira.
Muhammdu Umaru Jibrilla, the Governor of Adamawa, thanked Aiteo and Peters for their generous donation and encouraged other able Nigerian individuals and companies to join in the effort to ease the suffering of the people in the IDP camps. Aiteo representative Mallam Babangida Nuhu, said that Benedict Peters believes strongly in helping people in need and plans to continue contributing whenever and wherever he can.
Aiteo Group is an integrated energy corporation, committed to sustainable energy development. Its activities include oil and gas exploration and extraction, production, marketing, trading and shipping.
Benedict Peters is the Founder and CEO of the Group. He has been involved in the energy field since the early 70s with decades of direct experience in the oil and gas industry. He founded Aiteo Group in 2000.