The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) yesterday said the rehabilitation of over 250,000 Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs) affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East region could only be possible when the crisis is over.
The Eastern Coordinator of the agency, Alhaji Mohammed Kanar, made the remark in Maiduguri while presenting assorted relief materials to communities that were recently displaced following bloody attacks carried out by the insurgents in various parts of Borno state.
Kanar said the rehabilitation of the displaced persons back to their homes can only be done when the crisis is fully over and the security of the people is guaranteed.
He said even if the agency was ready to build the razed buildings and resettle the people back, it was going to be hard to convince the people to stay as they would likely be afraid of renewed attacks.
The coordinator assured the displaced persons that the agency was ready to continue to make relief materials available to them until they are fully rehabilitated.
According to him, the agency has attended to over 200,000 persons of the total 250,000 persons displaced in the troubled region.
He said efforts are being made to reach out to everyone, insisting that no one will be left out in the government’s gesture.
Kanar explained that 2,800 persons will be attended to during the flag-off of direct distribution of relief materials in Maiduguri from the targeted 6,000 persons in the town.
He said those to be attended to are the displaced residents of Mafa, Konduga, Bama, Jakana, Alajari, Mainok, Sandiya, Yasku, Kuruk, Maiwa, Kawuri and Malari areas.
The coordinator said the affected persons are presently sheltered at facilities in Maiduguri or living with relatives or friends within the town.