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NEMA announces closure of refugee camps

26 June 2015, 07:35 Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has closed and collapsed more Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) camps in the North-east as a result of the successes the military recorded terrorists in the region.

Director General of the agency, Alhaji Mohammad Sani-Sidi, disclosed the closure when received the Executive Secretary of the newly established Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC) ,Yusuf Anas.

“Following the successes being recorded by the gallant Nigerian military that are prosecuting the counter insurgency operation, some IDP camps have been closed or collapsed,” Sidi said.

He said in Adamawa State, for instance, the camps had been collapsed from 11 to six.

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It is expected that more camps in other affected areas would be collapsed or closed as soon as it is practicable.

There are currently 22 camps in operation while about 1,4 million. Of this number of IDPs, ninety percent are victims of insurgency while majority of them are from Borno State” Sidi said.

Sidi meanwhile described the establishment of the CCC as timely and stated that information and communication were critical in disaster management.

Anas said the core objectives of the centre were to provide needed support and intervention in crisis information management.

“The Centre will provide coordinated platform for early warning alerts, timely response to crisis situation and sensitization efforts. The centre will engage in capacity building, research and management of crisis communication” Anas said.

- CAJ News


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