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Borno, NEMA announce partnership to rebuild state

17 June 2015, 17:14Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Borno State Government would collaborate to reconstruct communities destroyed by insurgency in the state.The agreement has been reached during a visit to internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps in the state by the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Mohammed Sani Sidi.

Sidi who has been in Maiduguri, the Borno capital with other officials of the agency, including Director of Search and Rescue, Air Commodore Charles Otegbade, and that of Finance, Alhaji Akeem Akingbola, told the governor that Borno alone had over 70 percent of the total population of refugees in the three northeast states affected by insurgency.

Adamawa, Borno and Yobe are worst affected.

Sidi said the agency was working towards ensuring the resettlement of displaced persons in 22 IDPs camps in Maiduguri.

Also Read: More humanitarian support needed for IDPs

“We are in Borno as follow up visit of our humanitarian efforts. NEMA had signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Borno government on the management of humanitarian need of the displaced persons about two months ago. Our visit was to kick-start the humanitarian supports for the IDPs which NEMA was constitutionally empowered to do,” he said.

Sidi said the agency also delivered over 26 000 bags of rice, assorted food items, medication and other relief material for displaced victims of terror in the state.

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, lauded the agency for showing personal commitment to the plight of displaced victims of terror.

“NEMA is one of the performing agencies of the Federal Government. The agency has impacted on the lives of displaced persons by providing foodstuffs that could sustain them for three months.

NEMA’s intervention comes a at crucial time when the state is confronted with scarce resources to finance its numerous commitments,” said Shettima.

- CAJ News


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