Friday, September 2nd, 2016 9.50am/@webtvng
As part of its commitment to improving the welfare of Nigerian Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs), the Federal government has officially released essential food and non-food items.
This is being coordinated by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), which distribution of the items covering IDPs in Cameroon, Niger and Chad.
According to a press statement from the Office of the Vice-President, the list of food items include 12,332 bags of rice, 6,084 bags of maize, 6,156 bags of millet, 5,180 bags of granulated sugar, 2,000 bags of salt (25kg), 800 bags of semolina, 4,016 bags of beans, 9,800 bags of indomine noodles, 1,800 cartons of powdered milk, 800 cartons of spaghetti, 2,000 vegetable oil(20 litres),2,180 cartons of omo detergents, 600 kegs of palm oil and 400 cartons of 3-in-1 tea.
In report titled “ Monthly Report of Federal Government Actions in the North-East States Affected by Boko Haram”, non-food items supplied to the camps include medical and non-medical supplies such as antibiotics, antifungal, antimalaria, Anthelmintic, NSAID, non-SAID Analgesics, Antitussives and Antithasmine drugs.
Additional non-food items distributed were eye drops, Antacid drugs, multivitamin, laboratory consumables, mattresses, mosquito nets, men’s & women’s wears and anti-diabetic drugs.
The Special Assistant to the President on IDPS in the Vice-President’s Office Dr. Mariam Masha that the issues of the IDPs are being addressed effectvely, through the National Humanitarian Coordination Forum (NHCF).
Intervention programs driven by the NHCF covers food security, water, education,health, sanitation & hygiene across the states affected by insurgency in the North East region.
In the areas of resettlement for IDPs in the North-East region of Nigeria, the FG in collaboration with the military has constructed a temporary school, for IDPs in the Bama camp and deployed teachers for a population of over 3,000 children.
On its part NEMA relocated a total of 23,391 IDPs from schools that were initially used as sites to camps, to new sites in Bakassi and Dalori camps in Maidugri.
Other community projects embarked on by the military, covered road construction and reconstruction, donation of education materials to schools as well as rehabilitation of worship centres and markets in Yobe and Adamawa States.
The Presidential Initiative for the North East (PINE) also revealed in its report that various food items have been distributed to IDPs in the 6 frontline states in Nigeria(Borno, Bauchi, Yobe, Taraba, Adamawa, Yobe and Gombe) affected by Boko Haram. The Food items range from millet, iodized salt, rice, maize, guinea corn and indomine noodles.
SSA to the President on IDPs Dr Masha commended the UN system and the World Bank , for the support in the area of humanitarian and policy initiatives. The World Bank organized a workshop towards developing a strategic plan for FG, to effectively implement programs that will transform the North-East.
To guarantee security in the region, the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) has formed a working group which is to develop a national action plan in preventing and countering extremism.