Stories by Mohammed Kandi
In an effort to allay concerns over the large number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in North East, Director-General National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Muhammad Sani Sidi said the Federal Government has made available adequate food items and other relief materials to last them for a long period of time.
Addressing a stakeholders meeting in Abuja on the humanitarian situation in North east, Sani Sidi assured the unwavering commitment of the government to support the displaced persons.
In a statement by Manzo Ezekiel, NEMA’s press officer, the DG said the meeting was called to harmonize all humanitarian activities in the areas affected by the security challenge to ensure compliance with international standards and the Nigerian national development plans.
The Director General of NEMA said in addition to the response so far, a high power Federal Government delegation would soon visit the various camps to critically assess conditions of the displaced persons and provide further supports to them.
He said the displaced persons were presently living in various camps with about 760 unaccompanied children, adding that the agency had since deployed its staff to support the displaced persons and are working with officials of the various state governments in the management of the IDPs camps.
Sani Sidi also disclosed that some of the displaced persons that fled into the neighbouring Republic of Cameroon have been evacuated to a camp in Yola.
He identified Gombe as the reception point for more of the Nigerians to be evacuated from abroad, from where arrangements would be made to transport them to their own various home states.
Those who attended the meeting included the Country Representative of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Ms Angele Dikongue-Atangana, representatives of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), UN-OCHA, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, and the Nigerian Red Cross among others.