By Stanley Onyekwere
The FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has trained over five hundred Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on
improved rice processing technology in the nation’s capital, as part of measures to build capacities among them for self-reliance
In particular, the Agency organised the capacity training in collaboration with Japan International
Corporation Agency (JICA) for the beneficiaries, who were drawn up from different IDP settlements in the Territory.
Making this disclosure, The FEMA Director General, Idriss Abbas, while receiving a delegation from JICA during a courtesy call in his office in Abuja, appreciated the support of JICA since 2014.
Abbas said the bilateral cooperation with JICA has empowered the IDP’s to embark on worthwhile ventures that has provided them with economic succor and self- reliance .
He added that it also led to the training of some FEMA personnel to Japan on capacity development for flood risk management and empowered the Agency to tackle flood related issues.
According to him, the IDPs are not only trained, but that FEMA has gone
ahead to empower them with starter packs, to enable them make proper use of the trainings giving to them, adding that Malaysia Garden and Waru IDPs settlement have recently benefited from the starter packs and more settlement will partake of it in the nearest future.
The Director General FEMA, however urged the IDPs to take full advantage of the Capacity building training to improve their knowledge on paddy rice process which will in turn help them even when they decide to back to their various homes in the North east.
A statement by the public relation officer of the agency, Ngaha Faustina quoted the DG calling on NGO’s and other well-meaning Nigerians to come up with similar programmes that will better the live of the IDPs.
Also speaking during the visit, the Leader of the JICA delegation Komakai Eri, Senior Adviser JICA Headquarter, stated that the ongoing paddy rice training for IDPs in the FCT was part of efforts of the Japanese Government aimed at peace building, on the ground of restoring bonds between local government in the Country and the Community.