80,000 bags of rice, maize, beans and sugar have been released by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for the feeding of 1.6 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at various resettlement camps and other satellite centres across Borno State.
The relief items were released by NEMA’s North East Zonal Office in Maiduguri on Saturday to address malnutrition and other related humanitarian needs.
Also released were 2,100 cartoons of seasoning cubes and 2,400 jerrycans of vegetable oil for consumption by the IDPs beginning from this month of October to November.
This was disclosed by the North East Coordinator of NEMA, Mallam Mohammed Kanar, during the flagging-off of another round of distribution/presentation of relief items to officials of State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) for onward delivery to IDPs in the state.
The occasion took place at the central store of NEMA, north east office in Maiduguri, with prominent state government officials in attendance.
Kanar said the decision to hand over these items to the Chairman of SEMA, Engineer Ahmed Satomi, was based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NEMA and SEMA, so as to complement efforts of the state government and other humanitarian agencies in taking care of victims of insurgency in the region.
He said, “We in NEMA are glad to hand over yet another set of relief items for onward delivery to our IDPs in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council and Jere Local Government Area. These stock-piled relief items which we are handing over is for for the month of October to November, 2016. This is with exception of other IDPs who were residing in about 13 resettlement camps across some council areas of the state, which NEMA also carters for.”