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NEMA assumes food provision at Borno IDPs camps

10 June 2015, 19:43Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The Federal Government, through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has taken over the full responsibility for the provision of foodstuff to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps in Maiduguri, Borno State.

This is in line with government’s determination to improve the welfare of people displaced by insurgency, who are  sheltered in 22 locations and those staying in host communities.

This decision was taken after a meeting between a delegation of the NEMA senior officials assigned by the Director General, Muhammad Sani Sidi, to assess the situation in the camps in Maiduguri with the Deputy Governor of Borno State, Umar Zanna Mustapha, Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Grema Terab, and other stakeholders improve the welfare of the IDPs.

Manzo Ezekiel, NEMA Spokesperson, pointed out that before the announcement, Borno State Government augmented the supply of foodstuffs by NEMA, but the state government made an appeal to the Federal Government through NEMA to take full responsibility for the feeding of the IDPs.

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“However, when the NEMA team with Borno State officials visited the camps to assess the situation, it was discovered that the problem were not due to shortage of food stuffs but the management," said Ezekiel.

"It was therefore agreed that the responsibilities be shared between the Federal Government  and the Borno State Government, with NEMA taking full responsibility for the provision of the foodstuffs to relive the state government of the burden,” said Ezekiel.

Ezekiel said however, the state government would now provide the cooking utensils, condiments, firewood, cooks and other facilities including the sanitation as well as avail more camp sites for the swelling population of those desperately in need of temporary shelters and care. The state government would provide more toilet facilities to the IDPs.

Maiduguri, the Borno capital, hosts thousands of refugees that have fled terror Boko Haram members are perpetrating.

- CAJ News


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