By Stanley Onyekwere
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), yesterday said it conducted an enumeration exercise at an internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp at Sabon Kuchingoro, a suburb of the Territory.
This is coming barely a week of another purported killing of some refugees by soldiers and security operatives, in a joint operation in the early hours of Sunday, at a refugees’ camp, located in Durumi quarters in Abuja.
According to reports from the Hausa Service of the BBC as well as the Voice of America monitored in the nation’s capital, the refugees were said to have fled their residential homes in Gwoza local government area of Borno state following the dreaded Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.
Meanwhile, speaking after the enumeration exercise, the Director of the Agency, Alhaji Abbas .G. Idriss said it was necessary, in order to ascertain the number of those involved and what need there are.
Idriss said without the enumeration exercise, statistics of number of the aged, children, women and men will not be known, adding “if this is not known you cannot plan for them.
“Now that statistics have been gotten, we have started making arrangements for relief materials.
“We have also contacted our stakeholders in the Health and Human Secretariat and also the Water Board to provide health and water facilities for these IDPs,” the Director was quoted in a statement signed by FEMA’s spokesperson, Josephine Adokuru Mudasiru.
Also, in the statement the Director noted that IDPs are a result of conflicts in some parts of the country, so there is no question about us ensuring that they are catered for and provided with the basic necessities to ameliorate their plight.
He added that the IDPs camp is a make shift one and consist mainly of indigenes of Borno State who have had to flee their homes due to insurgency in the North-Eastern part of the country.
Furthermore, the Director reiterated that the Minister of the FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed is concerned about disaster management.
“Apart from donation of relief materials, our social welfare officers will also be working with them to alleviate their trauma and we work with them so that they can be reintegrated back into the society,” Idriss stressed.
The statement added that some of the inmates who spoke to FEMA officials told harrowing stories of how they fled their homes and made their way to the Federal Capital Territory.