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) said it had distributed 400 trucks of assorted foodstuff to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-East.

The Director-General of the agency, Alhaji Mustafa Maihaja, made the disclosure while inspecting food distribution exercise to IDPs in Maiduguri.

Maihaja said that the Federal Government had approved 1, 031 trucks of assorted foodstuff for distribution to displaced persons in the North-East.

“We have so far distributed 400 trucks of food items to persons displaced by the insurgency.

“The exercise is going on at IDPs camps and host communities. It is a routine exercise being conducted on monthly basis.

“The past exercise was conducted in June and now the July round is ongoing in all the affected areas.

“We are providing 50 kilogrammes of food items per household, which is higher than the ratio offer to the IDPs by donor agencies,” he said.

Maihaja said that the agency had adopted proactive measures to guard against diversion and improve the well being of the IDPs.


He added that the agency had evolved modalities to ensure effective monitoring of the exercise.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that members of the presidential committee on the North-East Initiative had inspected the food distribution exercise at Teacher’s House and Bakassi IDPs camps in Maiduguri.

The committee had earlier held a close door meeting with Gov. Kashim Shettima at the Government House.

 

 

(NAN)


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