With a view to giving succour to rural dwellers, a non-governmental and charity organisation, Community Forest Watch (CFW), recently donated food items, financial support, and other relief materials to Ijaw-Gbene community and its environs in Ovia South-West Local Government Area of Edo State.
Ijaw-Gbene and some other adjoining communities were allegedly burnt down on the 20th of May, 2020, by security men attached to Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc operating in the area.
The alleged invasion and consequent burning down of the communities reportedly led to loss of personal belongings including vital documents of individuals, household items, and victims of the incident have been reportedly taking refuge in a church at a community called AT&P since the incident.
Presenting the items, Chief Sunday Ajele, National Coordinator of the organisation said the gesture was part of the organisation’s rapid response to support the victims with a view to alleviating their sufferings.
According to Chief Ajele, the donation was just to ameliorate the suffering of the people, stressing that there is nothing given that will be enough to replace what they have lost.
He said the act (the donation) should be a signal to Okomu Oil Palm Plantation to act responsibly rather than being an “irresponsible company.”
In their responses, some of the beneficiaries which include Mr. Joseph Miyana, Rose Joseph, Mr. Lucky Ukuegbo and Hellen Joseph all expressed happiness and promised to make use of the items judiciously.
Items distributed include rice, beans, cooking oil, Mosquito net, clothing materials as well as other non food items.