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Refugee centres bulge as thousands flee Adamawa

03 November 2014, 21:27

Abuja - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) disclosed it had recorded about 10 500 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in five camps situated in Yola south and Fufore in the Adamawa State.

The agency said more people were still pouring into Yola, the capital of this state which is among the worst affected by terror acts perpetrated by Boko Haram.

The Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi, said the agency, which had been managing IDP camps and distributing relief material in Adamawa and other states in the North East affected by the insurgency, would continue to establish more camps and provide all the basic needs of the displaced persons.

He said the agency has delivered adequate relief materials to all the established camps in the state and the new one would be provided with tents.

The Director General had dispatched an advanced team of NEMA officials to assess the situation and take necessary action to bring succor to the displaced people.

Also read: Lives lost as terrorists take over in Adamawa

Director Relief and Rehabilitation, Eugene Ezeh, leads the team.

Receiving the NEMA team, the Adamawa State Governor, Bala James Ngilari, said the government had sent vehicles for the evacuation of thousands of displaced persons who were scattered in various locations around Mubi and those that ran into Cameroon to the established camps in Yola.

“The tragedy has really stressed us we require your intervention for both short and long term,” he said.

He noted that the majority of the displaced persons lived with their relatives in the host communities.

He however appealed o them to come forward and register so that they too could benefit from relief aid.

Minister of Women's affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina, sympathized and condoled with those that lost loved ones and property.

She President Goodluck Jonathan assigned her to assess the situation and assured them of his continuous support up to the time when they would be going back to their homes.

She said the Federal Government has been doing everything possible to see the end of this insurgency.

The camps are in Dawarei, Girei, Malkwohi, and Nyako Housing Estate, among others.

The relief items provided at all the camps include drugs, rice, clothes, mattresses, maize, buckets, mats, soap, towel, cooking oil and sanitary items.

Meanwhile, five women were said to have given birth at the centres.

 – CAJ News


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