The Founder of the organisation, Ms Pepsie Adiukwu, expressed the concern in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Friday.
She said that IDPs could be COVID-19 flash points if not properly managed.
She called on the federal and state governments, as well as public-spirited individuals and well-meaning organisations to assist IDPs with palliatives and protective items.
”They (IDPs) are among the poorest of the poor. They are living in penury.
”More should be done for them in the fight against the spread of the deadly virus.
“This means that efforts to flatten the curve of this pandemic may not be realised soon if adequate attention is not paid to these camps,” Adiukwu said.
“We, as an NGO, have been doing our best to ensure that these persons are carried along and looked after.
”Recently, a kind-hearted philanthropist, Mr Terhemen King Michael, partnered with us, in reaching out to one of such camps, the New Kuchingoro IDP Camp, in Abuja, where he shared over N250,000, among the displaced persons.
”Such a gesture saw more than 200 displaced persons receiving cash donations from the philanthropist; hence, the need for more,” she said.
Adiukwu noted that IDPs left their homes due to violence and were staying in clustered makeahift shelters, which negated the principle of social distancing.
She said that the organisation had contracted a seamstress who resided in the camp to produce face masks for members of the community.
“We understand the need to be safe and protect ourselves and others from coronavirus and to adhere strictly to preventive measures.
”This informed our decision to provide face masks for the IDPs at New Kuchingoro.
”Given the urgent need for prevention against the COVID-19, we call on governments to come to the aid of IDPs and other vulnerable people in our society.
”We also call on philanthropists to join us in upholding the values we hold dear: charity, justice and being our brothers’ keepers,” she said.
Edited By: Constance Imasuen/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)