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Displacement shoots up amid disasters, terror

24 October 2014, 20:25

Abuja - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said natural disasters and the terror crisis had recently displaced more than 700 00 people in various parts of the country.

Director General of the agency, Muhammad Sani Sidi, speaking in Calabar put the number at
743 062.

He disclosed this at the opening of the annual consultative meeting of the National Emergency Management Agency with the heads of all the States Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs).

He explaining that 676 975 of the persons were displaced by conflicts and 66 087 by natural disasters as at September this year.

“Disaster occurrences and the number of affected people have risen significantly in recent years as a result of the impacts of climate change, insurgency, communal conflicts and skirmishes between farmers and pastoralists amongst others," he said.

“This has no doubt impacted negatively in the area of our development as a nation aside the humanitarian crisis attendant thereto.”

Also read: Jonathan: Terrorism has nothing to do with Islam

He called for an urgent collective action of the stakeholders to complement the steps taken by the Federal Government which has been providing necessary assistance to the affected persons through the agency.

“The challenges faced by displaced persons call for serious commitment” he said, adding that NEMA would continue to collaborate with the stakeholders to ensure that the distressed persons are properly taken cared of."

He assured NEMA would continue to do that as it constituted its primary responsibility to our citizens.”

Sidi meanwhile said the consultative meeting in Calabar  was held to appraise the available structures, facilities, challenges and prospects for efficient and effective disaster management in the country.

- CAJ News


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