Before now, complaints had been raised over challenges faced by lack of identification among the Internally Displaced Persons living in Wassa – a community located after Apo mechanic village area of the Federal Capital Territory. These Challenges range from lack of access to free and affordable health-care to harassment and intimidation in the hands of security agents for lack of proven identity, etc. Giving to their circumstances as IDPs, the lack of any genuine means of identification when there is a need for them to visit places like the hospital, they are billed like every other Nigerian and are charged according to the services rendered. Harassment by security agents is also a key challenge and when they tender a ‘reasonable excuse’ as “I’m an IDP”, the next question always put to them is – “where is your ID card?” Owing to the rising need for the ID cards, the leadership of the camp wrote to Life Builders Initiative, the organization whose major goal is to alleviate the sufferings of the needy, the vulnerable and as well as the Internally Displaced Persons (within and around the FCT) rose to the occasion and today, such challenge has been laid to rest. No fewer than 400 members of the camp received their IDP ID card today. This has put to rest the challenges faced due to lack of identification by members of the camp. This ID card production and issuance project is one among the major projects championed by Life Builders Initiative for them (which included the Medical Outreach and donation of relief materials exercise that took place on the 28th of May 2016 in their community).
Life builders also collaborated with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced (NCFRMI) for the profiling and registration of all the IDPs in Wassa in 2016. This and other social reintegration initiatives were projects benefited by Wassa Camp courtesy of Life Builders Initiative. It is hoped that like minded individuals would join this noble cause in lending a helping hand to the numerous camps looking up to us for succor and support. This is a job we can all collectively do to better the lots of these fellow Nigerians who are in need of our love, care and support.