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Catholic NGO raises funds to support less privileged, poor in the society



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The Justice Development and Peace Commission (catholic -church-s-organisation-spends-n4m-on-vulnerable-womens-empowerment-in-nasarawa/">raises -fund-to-support -less -privileged -persons/">society -ngo/">JDPC), an NGO of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos, has raised funds to support the poor and less privileged ones in the society.

The fund raising held on Sunday in Jos at the archdiocese inauguration of the 2020 Lenten Campaign tagged ” Democracy and Good Governance in Nigeria: The Desired Change”.

Speaking at the event, Monsignor Ben Obidiagwu, the Vicar General of the archdiocese, said the funds generated would be used to provide succour for the needy.

Obidiagwo decried the massive poverty, hunger, squalor and other vices in the country, attributing it to bad policies and lack of political will on the part of government in meeting the yearnings and aspirations of the people

He also decried the increasing number of displaced persons scattered all  over the country occasioned by incessant attacks and counter attacks, kidnapping, banditry and terrorism.

According to him, JDPC, being the social arm of the church, has risen to the occasion to support the government in promoting peaceful coexistence, providing succour to the displaced, and empowering women and youths with skills and soft loans.

“After over 30 years of military regime, Nigerians thought that the coming of democracy has brought succour, but a lot of Nigerians are traumatised by poverty, hunger, killings and other vices occasioned by bad policies and corruption.

“However, the point must be made clear that the task of making Nigeria better does not only lies on government, but on all of us.

“This is why the Church, through its social arm, the JDPC is doing a lot in suporting the poorest of the poor, the displaced persons, creating awareness on peaceful coexistence, empowering women through agriculture and what have you.

“We desire to do more, but we are financially handicapped. This is why we are here today asking for your financial support and generosity to enable us bring smiles to poor in the society,” he said.

Earlier, Prof  Longmas Wapmuk, Chairman of JDPC Commission, assured that the funds generated would be judiciously utilised to enhance and uplift the living condition of the poor in the society

Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf

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