L-R: Nick Ankyoor, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Hyacinth Alia Support Foundation (HASUF); Victoria Abuka, Team Lead, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Fidelity Bank Plc; Aondonaa Iorpuu James, Executive Secretary, Benue State Emergency Management Agency (BSEMA); Terwase Swande, Branch Leader, Fidelity Bank Plc, Makurdi; and Fidelis Msughter Unongo, Special Adviser to the Benue State Governor on Innovation Strategies, Special Duties, Development, Policy, and Planning; at the Fidelity Food Bank distribution at the Internally Displaced Persons Camp, Federal Housing Estate, North Bank, Benue State recently.
Leading financial institution, Fidelity Bank Plc, has distributed over 1,200 food packs to the internally Displaced Persons in Makurdi, Benue State in its ongoing commitment to eliminate hunger among vulnerable persons in the society.
The event, which took place on Thursday, 10 August 2023 at the IDP Camp, Federal Housing Estate in North Bank, Benue State was executed in partnership with the Hyacinth Alia Foundation and the Benue State Emergency Management Agency (BESEMA).
Speaking during the distribution event, the Divisional Head, Brand and Communications, Fidelity Bank Plc, Meksley Nwagboh noted that the Fidelity Food Bank is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative of the Bank designed to reach out to vulnerable persons and reduce the effect 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.
Commenting on the initiative, the Special Adviser to the Benue State Governor on Innovation Strategies, Special Duties, Development, Policy, and Planning, Fidelis Unongo, commended Fidelity Bank for their donation and also appealed to IDPs to exercise patience, noting that the Governor is aware of their requests and is working to ensure that they get settled back to their ancestral homes.
On his part, the Chairman of the IDP Camp, Abraham Tar who spoke in Tiv, commended Fidelity Bank for their kind gesture and promised to ensure that the items donated gets to the desired beneficiaries even as he appealed to donors to also look into the health condition of the IDPs, especially women and Children.
Some of the beneficiaries, Msurshima Kunde, Comfort Lorfa, and Terundu Shima applauded Fidelity Bank for their kind gesture and appealed for increased health services at the camp to enable them access quality healthcare services.