Abuja - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has reintroduced the weekly supply of relief material to internally displaced people (IDPs) camps in Borno state.
NEMA Northeastern coordinator, Alhaji Mohammed Kanar, disclosed the development during a stakeholders meeting in Maiduguri.
The weekly distribution of relief material was introduced about three months ago but was stopped some days ahead of the Presidential and National Assembly elections held on March 28/29.
Kanar said the exercise had to be reintroduced after the successful conduct of the general polls, reminding that the agency suspended the exercise during the polls to avoid falling into any antic of politicians.
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“We had to stay back for a while, because a number of polling units were located at the camps and we do not want to be involved in the politics at the camps during the elections. We rushed in to provide some materials at the Lamisula Primary Schools to the IDPs from Northern Borno who was displaced few days to the election. We felt that the best thing was to suspend large scale distribution of relief materials to avoid politicization,” Kanar said.
He said with the elections over, the agency had already started mobilizing to the camps to continue its intervention.
“Only last week, we presented trailer loads of food and non-food materials to IDPs camps in Dalori, the NYSC camp among others. We have just received 10 new tents from the head office for onward distribution to some IDPs camps like the Federal Training Centre Dalori where the rescued Bama residents are being kept,” Kanar added.
Kanar revealed that the agency would supply mattresses and mats to the camps to take care of some newly-displaced victims of the Boko Haram.
- CAJ News