PLASU DONATES TO IDPs, ENCOURAGES SPIRIT OF INDUSTRY

The Vice Chancellor Plateau State University, Bokkos, has enjoined Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), in Bokkos town, to imbibe the culture of hard work and productivity ,which the Plateau man is known for and stressed the need for them to engage in petty trades and businesses, pointing out that, this will go a long way in assisting them meet up with their daily needs, as items donated to them by organisations and spirited individuals might not meet up with their needs, due to the overwhelming number of persons in the camps.
Matur made the charge, recently when he led management staff of the University and some Senior Officers of the University to one of the camps in Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), in Bokkos, where he used the opportunity to encourage young persons in the camps to learn trades like, tailoring, barbing and hair dressing among others and promised to pay for such services if rendered to their fellow IDPs, as long as they remain in the camps.
The Vice Chancellor on behalf of the Governing Council, Management, Staff and Students of the University said the University is deeply saddened by the recent barbaric massacre of innocent and unsuspecting locals in some villages in Bokkos, Mangu and Barkin Ladi Local Government Council Areas of Plateau State weeks ago, but discouraged them from taking revenge or the laws into their hands, saying as Christians, vengeance belongs to God.
Matur used the opportunity to present relief materials to the displaced persons which included, clothing, beddings, food items, kitchen utensils, among others and used clothes donated by members of staff of the University and promised to do more.
Earlier, Chairman of the IDP Camp in Bokkos, Bishop Ayuba Matawal, had briefed Professor Matur that Bokkos Local Government Area has nineteen thousand registered IDPs spread across thirteen camps with ten thousand, one hundred and eighty-six in Bokkos town.
The former Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Bokkos, said, the camp is able to, from the lean resources available, feed the displaced persons with two meals per day and called on kind-hearted individuals and corporate bodies to donate medical supplies for the large number of persons in the camp.
Matawal thanked Plateau State University for the kind gesture and Churches in Bokkos for opening their doors to accommodate the IDPs and assures that the items donated will be evenly shared.
Spokesperson of the IDPs and a survivor of the attacks, Mrs Christiana Bitrus Sagam thanked the Vice Chancellor and the University community for the gesture and prayed God to reward them in abundance.

John K.Agam
Public Relations Officer