Niger Delta group donate N4.7m to poverty alleviation

SUN Newspaper

A coalition of Niger Delta non-governmental organizations under the auspices of Ijaw Monitoring Group (IMG) has donated various items worth over N4.7 million to several individuals and groups towards alleviating poverty in Nigeria.

The items were distributed during a recent special prayer carnival for President Goodluck Jonathan and Nigeria at the National Arts Theatre in Lagos.
Speaking on the occasion tagged: “Niger Delta marks Goodluck Jonathan’s 100 Days in office, Aso Rock Deliverance Service 2011”, the IMG coordinator, Comrade Joseph Evah, said it had become imperative for the people of Niger Delta to pray for God’s protection and wisdom for the President to succeed in his onerous task of leading the country.

He explained that Aso Rock, being the seat of government, appears to be under some negative forces, hence the need for a deliverance service to liberate it. The event, which attracted people from all walks of life, especially members of the eight major groups and those of their affiliated sub-groups, was held at the exhibition hall of the National Arts Theatre Iganmu, Lagos.

Ministers of God from all Niger Delta states led the jam-packed hall in praises, prayers and deliverance sessions. Major groups represented at the gathering included the Ijaw Women Leadership Forum, Niger Delta People’s Forum (NDPF), South South Women Organization, Niger Delta Blind Students
Association, Niger Delta Widows’ Association, Ijaw Community Leaders’ Forum, among others.
Barrister George Utomhim told the gathering that there is every need to pray seriously for the Presidency and the nation in general as certain forces were bent on undermining the Federal Government by covertly organizing suicide bombers and other criminal activities through faceless groups.

According to him, people of the Niger Delta had resolved to counter such moves by all means, especially now that the attacks appear directed more at discrediting or pulling down the President who is seen by a section of the country as an enemy simply because he is from the Niger Delta. Comrade Evah also used the opportunity to put a smile on the faces of the masses with the presentation of different poverty alleviation items.


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