The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Tuesday appealed to Nigerians to help donate food items toward the survival of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East.
The ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, made the appeal while presenting food items donated by the Bayero University Kano (BUK) chapter of the union to Gov. Kashim Shettima for the Borno IDPs at the Government House in Maiduguri.
The items donated included bags of rice, millet, sugar, spaghetti and cooking oil among others.
Ogunyemi said that the gesture was aimed at addressing food problems among the IDPs.
He said that the union was touched by the conditions of the IDPs who had lost almost everything in life.
“We in ASUU feel for our people and we are sincerely concerned on what is happening in terms of survival level of Nigerians today.
“The ordinary people are finding it difficult to earn a living, talk less of our compatriots in the IDP camps,’’ he said.
“In view of that, we have encouraged our members all over the country to start thinking of a way to intervene in order to bring relief to the IDPs.
“What we are witnessing today is like a start off of the programme, one of our branches have started and I want to assure you that other branches will pick up too.’’
Ogunyemi urged Nigerians, especially wealthy individuals and philanthropists to also mobilise resources toward helping the IDPs.
Receiving the items, Shettima, who was represented by the Borno Head of Service, Alhaji Bukar Yakubu, thanked the union for the gesture and urged others to emulate them.
The ASUU team was also at the Goni Kachallari IDP camp in Maiduguri where it distributed the items among displaced persons.
Speaking at the ceremony, the ASUU, BUK Chairman, Dr Ibrahim Barde said that the items were purchased from monthly donations by members of the union.
“We decided to tax our members through a monthly contribution. Today, we have been able to raise enough to buy these food items,’’ Barde said.
He said that the object was to alleviate the suffering of the IDPs and expressed hope that the intervention would help alleviate the sufferings of the people in no small measures.
“We hope to ginger others not only from the North but from the entire country to help,’’ Barde said.
Barde said that the donation had also shown that ASUU had a human face.
“ASUU is an association of intellectuals and most people used to see us as an association always fighting government.
“This is to show that ASUU has a human face,’’ Barde said.