Following the recent insurgent attack on Damboa, Borno State, resulting in a large influx of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) to Gombe State, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in collaboration with the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) have so far evacuated and registered about 500 persons.
The IDPs were reportedly stranded in motor parks and some major highways to various camps in the state.
The Director-General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi urged the IDPs to be law abiding while in the camp and reiterated the agency’s readiness to continue providing support to the persons in distress, represented by the Assistant Director, Relief and Rehabilitation, Saidu Ahmed Minin.
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary (SEMA) Danlami Arab Rukujei thanked the agency for the quick response and noted that the state government has gradually become overwhelmed with a large influx of people especially from neighboring states of Yobe and Borno.
He further stated that the state has from January 2014 registered about 7770 persons who mostly live with their relatives in the host communities.
Items provided at the camps are food and non-food items that include; blanket, mattresses, nylon mats bucket, towels and sanitary pad. Others are Rice, maize, sugar, Millet, beans, powdered milk, vegetable oil.