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Adamawa returning refugees receive relief aid

31 March 2015, 08:59

Lagos - Internally-displaced persons (IDPs) that have returned to their communities the military recently liberated from insurgents in Adamawa State have received a major boost after government commenced the distribution of relief material.

The Federal Government has commenced the exercise through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Vice President, Namadi Sambo, has flagged off the distribution in Mubi. The relief support consist of food and non food items including bags of rice, maize, building materials, blankets and several other household items.
Deputy Governor of Adamawa State, Alhaji Sa'ad Tahir, represented him.

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He assured the commitment of the Federal Government to strengthen security in areas through adequate support for the military deployed to ward-off the insurgents.

Tahir identified some of the strategies adopted by the government for the areas affected by the insurgency to include proper equipping of security, relief distribution to the affected persons through NEMA, setting up of the Presidential Initiative for the North East, the Safe School Initiative and the Victims Support Fund among others.

The Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi, explained that the incumbent President Dr Goodluck Jonathan had also constituted a special team to undertake a comprehensive damage and loss assessment that would serve as a guide for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the communities as well as restoration of the means of livelihood of the people.

Sidi also assured the continued commitment of NEMA to support people affected by disasters in the country including the displaced persons.

Adamawa, alongside Borno and Yobe, have been under emergency rule for some time owing to terror by the Boko Haram sect. Some refugees that were displaced from their homes have gradually returned after the military announced successes against the terror group.

- CAJ News


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