The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday called on the
Borno State Resettlement and Distribution Committees (BORDC), established by the government of the troubled state to promptly release the over 52 truckloads of relief
materials to 58, 000 displaced persons in various established camps in Maiduguri, the capital of the state.
Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Mohammed Sani gave the charge at the flag off of distribution of relief materials to displaced persons in the state at the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp, Maiduguri.
The Minister of state for power, Hon. Mohammed Wakil, who represented President Goodluck Jonathan at the flag-off, also warned against diversion of the relief materials.
He said the responsibilities of the State’s resettlement committees’ members was to “equitably and efficiently” distribute all the food items, including non-food items of building materials, mattresses, mats and other basic needs of over 58, 000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the five or six camps.
He said : “As the Federal Government has complimented its efforts of delivering relief materials with the flagging off of their distribution to various camps, I charge the resettlement and distribution committees, headed by Usman Jidda Shuwa, to ensure that each and every affected person by the Boko Haram insurgency, was adequately resettled with basic needs of life and safety, before they return to their respective towns and communities.”
He warned that none of the distributed materials get into the wrong hands of other people for selfish interest to defeat the Federal Government’s purpose of reducing the devastating effects of insurgency in the state.
“The over 52 truckloads of loads of relief materials will be distributed by the State’s committees and supervised by this agency NEMA, including journalists resident in Borno state,” said Sidi.
He however noted that before the displaced persons get access to relief materials, they should be registered by the various committees for documentation, accountability and transparency.
He also commended the Borno state government for complementing Federal Government’s efforts in resettling the influx of displaced persons into Maiduguri from the affected towns and villages.
Responding, Jidda in his brief remarks, said: “This is the third time the NEMA boss, was in Maiduguri for these displaced persons in the camps. We therefore appreciate Federal Government’s intervention with these relief materials for distribution. On our part, the state government has approved N100 million with the release of N35 million for the up keep of these affected insurgency victims, with a population of over 4,000 in the NYSC camp here.”