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NEMA deploys for Katsina emergency

26 November 2014, 07:59Augustine Osayande

Lagos - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has deployed more personnel and equipment to improve the welfare and management of internally displaced persons camps in Adamawa State.

Sani Datti, Senior Information Officer at the agency, said such equipment included ambulances and water tanks.

According to the statement, the development followed result of the findings from a detailed assessment of the operations of internally displaced persons camps conducted in Adamawa state by the Director General of the NEMA, United Nations High Commission for Refugee (UNCHR), International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the Nigerian Red Cross, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution.

Director General, Muhammad Sani Sidi, said the personnel deployed to the state would help in maintaining proper and modern camp management and camp coordination while the mobile intensive care unit ambulance would be stationed to respond to emergencies in any of the camps.

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He said the agency, in collaboration with Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross, were doing all they could to identify those IDPs living in host communities, so that they too could benefit from the relief items provided.

Sidi expressed the Agency’s readiness to work with all religious bodies and NGOs in a coordinated manner.

“An ad - hoc committee set up by NEMA, headed by Sa’ad Bello has already commenced operations. IDPs are being re-registered and issued with identity numbers, new camps have been identified in Bekaji area of Jimeta, Numan and Shelleng, and host communities are being assessed,” he said.

He said relief items had been deployed to those new areas identified and internal displaced persons in Nyako Housing Camp were being moved to other camps with better facilities as there was a constraint in providing better facilities there by the owners of the property.

- CAJ News


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