In its ongoing commitment to alleviate hunger among vulnerable individuals in society, Fidelity Plc, a prominent financial institution, has provided more than 1,200 food parcels to Internally Displaced Persons in Makurdi, located in Benue State.
This significant initiative took place on Thursday, August 10, 2023, at the IDP Camp within the Federal Housing Estate, North Bank, Benue State. The endeavor was accomplished through a collaborative effort involving the Hyacinth Alia Foundation and the Benue State Emergency Management Agency (BESEMA).
The Divisional Head of Brand and Communications at Fidelity Bank Plc, Meksley Nwagboh, noted during the event that the Fidelity Food Bank stands as a manifestation of the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). He added that the purpose behind this endeavor is to extend support to vulnerable individuals and mitigate the impact of hunger.
In his words, “The vision of the Bank is to reach out to the less privileged communities through our partner organisations who identify with these communities. In Benue State, we are partnering with the State Government through the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).
“So, as I speak with you over 24,000 Fidelity food packs have been distributed to communities across the country to help cushion the effect of hunger which has become a global issue” he stated.
Discussing the initiative, the Special Adviser to the Governor of Benue State on Innovation Strategies, Special Duties, Development, Policy, and Planning, Fidelis Unongo, lauded Fidelity Bank for their contribution.
He also urged internally displaced persons (IDPs) to remain patient, highlighting that the Governor is cognizant of their appeals and is actively working towards facilitating their return to their ancestral homes.
The Chairperson of the IDP Camp, Abraham Tar, expressed gratitude to Fidelity Bank for their generous donation. Speaking in the Tiv language, he pledged to oversee the equitable distribution of the donated items and appealed to donors to consider the health and well-being of the IDPs, particularly women and children.
Among the beneficiaries, namely Msurshima Kunde, Comfort Lorfa, and Terundu Shima, there was unanimous praise for Fidelity Bank’s thoughtful gesture. They also advocated for improved healthcare services within the camp, emphasizing the importance of enhanced access to quality medical care.