In continuation of humanitarian intervention in the northeast, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has delivered 16,400 bags of food items as relief items for distribution to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Yobe State.
Director General of Muhammad Sani Sidi who delivered the items to the Governor of Yobe State Alhaji Ibrahim Geidam in Damaturu identified them as 4800 bags of rice, 4800 bags of maize, 4800 bags of millet, 2000 bags of beans as well as 300 kegs of vegetable oil 300 kegs of palm oil and 200 bags of salt.
He said the delivery was based on existing arrangement in which NEMA periodically provide the supplies which are presented to the state government for onward distribution to the IDPs in the camps and host communities.
He said “I am delighted to note that most of the IDPs in Yobe State have returned back to their communities with only one camp that is still remaining while some of the displaced persons are living with their relations. Based on existing understanding between NEMA and the State Government, we are confident that you would be more familiar with locations of the IDPs to distribute the relief items with our field officers.”
The Director General of NEMA who was represented by the Deputy Director of Training Alhaji Musa Zakari assured the continued commitment of the agency towards the support of the IDPs in the state and other parts of the country, which according to him was part of its mandate of disaster management.
Responding, the Yobe State Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Abubakar Ali appreciated NEMA for the humanitarian gesture and assured that items would be distributed to the IDPs along with Staff of the Agency. He, however requested NEMA to also consider and support the displaced persons that returning back to their communities with building materials to assist in the reconstruction of their destroyed homes.
The relief items were later handed over to the Yobe State Commissioner for Information Alhaji Mala Musti who is a member of the Yobe State Committee on rehabilitation and resettlement of IDPs that was assigned by the Deputy Governor to receive the materials.