The Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) on Saturday said it spent over N2 billion distributing food items and condiments to IDPs in the last four years. SEMA’s chairman, Alhaji Satomi Ahmad, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri. Ahmad said that the amount went into procurement and distribution of foodstuffs, firewood, drugs and condiments to persons displaced by Boko Haram insurgency in the state. He said that the gesture was to augment the Federal Government and development agencies’ efforts to support the displaced persons and address humanitarian crisis. “Previously, the agency spent about N20 million on procurement and distribution of firewood alone to displaced households in the camps and liberated communities. “The trend resulted in unprecedented upsurge in the demand and supply of firewood in the state. “This also naturally resulted in depletion of forest resources and destruction of the environment which left us with no options than to start using charcoal,” he said. Satomi said the choice of charcoal came with high cost as the initial funds for firewood went up astronomically. The chairman said the agency had also concluded arrangements to de-worm and immunise all children in IDPs camps and liberated communities. He said that the exercise was designed to protect children against diseases, reduce morbidity and mortality. According to him, the agency had deployed nine mobile clinics to enhance rapid response and disaster management services in the state.
NEMA Director-General, Alhaji Mustafa Maihaja

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says 46, 000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) displaced by Boko Haram insurgency have returned to Borno.

Alhaji Mustapha Maihaja , Director General of NEMA made this known while distributing relief materials to the displaced persons in Banki, Bama local government council of Borno.

He said that the IDPs fled to Cameroun, Chad and Niger Republic at the peak of the insurgency.

Maihaja said that thousands of Nigerians who fled their homes in Banki in the wake of insurgents attacks had returned, following the success recorded in the counter-insurgency campaign.

“About 46, 000 displaced persons are registered here and we are receiving them on a daily basis in small and large numbers.

“The Federal Government is responding to the humanitarian crisis in the North-East region.

“Our mission is to distribute relief materials, food and non-food items to Nigerians returning from Cameroun.

“Government is aware that having secured the place and Borno in particular, the people who took refuge in border communities in Cameroun, Chad and Niger Republic would come back to the country.

“The government adopted proactive steps to meet the needs and requirements of the affected persons in terms of shelter, food, health, growth. We are committed to improve their well being,” he said.

Maihaja explained that  the agency was responding promptly to the immediate needs of the returnees and distributed food items, mattresses, clothing materials and mosquito treated nets.

He noted that the agency provides 8.4 kg of food items every month per household.

Maihaja also said the agency had adopted effective modalities to provide schools and clinics in the camps, to enable the affected children return to school, enhance hygiene and healthcare service delivery.

The director disclosed that the Federal Government has begun the distribution of 40, 905 tones of assorted food items to displaced persons in Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Taraba and Yobe states.

According to him, the agency had initiated a comprehensive tracking system to monitor vehicular movement and distribution of relief materials to guard against diversion.

Maihaja added that the agency had embarked on enumeration exercise of IDPs and door-to-door distribution exercise to ensure that the affected families got the relief materials.

NAN reports that members of the Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative, led by Rear Adm. A Z Gambo, inspected the food distribution exercise at various camps in Banki, Bama, Maiduguri and liberated areas.