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Agencies unite over welfare of displaced persons, victims lament in Edo

By Karls Tsokar, (Abuja) Njavara Musa (Maiduguri) and Michael Egbejule (Benin City)   |   17 October 2016   |   4:05 am


• Widows of civilian JTF receive relief materials in Borno

To achieve better objectives of improving the welfare of displaced persons, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) has pledged to work closely with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

The absence of inter-agency collaboration among the concerned bodies has affected the condition of IDPs especially in the Northeast, as this gap has hindered interventions from donor agencies and other civil society organisations.

The Federal Commissioner, NCFRMI, Sadiya Farouk gave the assurance of a closer collaboration with the emergency agency with full cooperation and support as the two bodies have complementary responsibilities.

A statement issued by Ahmed Dambazzau, the Head of Press and Public Affairs, said Farouk made this pledge when she received the Director-General of NEMA, Sani Sidi in her office.

Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Muhammed Sani Sidi said that the purpose of the visit was also to assure the NCFRMI of closer cooperation and collaboration from NEMA.

Meanwhile, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Edo have appealed to government at all levels as well as well-meaning Nigerians to save them from hunger by providing them food supplies, shelter and adequate accommodation.

The pathetic condition of the displaced children and youths in their thousands revealed that all is not well with them at the camp as the inmates looked pale and famished at the IDP’s camp located at Uhogua in Ovia North East Local council area, in Edo state.

Coordinator of the Edo IDP camp, Solomon Folorunsho, who is a missionary and the overseer of the International Christian Centre (ICC), which houses the IDP’s, while speaking to newsmen at the weekend in Benin city, said the IDPs lack enough food items.

Folorunsho called for support from Nigerians and government towards the feeding of the orphans, widows and children at the camp.

A supervisor and caregiver at the camp, Evelyn Omigie, who lamented the poor condition of living at the Uhogua IDP camp, said only a nurse was on ground attending to the entire persons at the camp.”

In Borno, the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has distributed relief materials to 165 widows of members of civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) that lost their husbands while fighting Boko Haram insurgency along with the military since 2012 in the state.

The distributed relief materials comprise food and non-food items, including 165 units of women wrappers.

Distributing the materials yesterday at Secretariat Complex of the agency in Maiduguri, Chairman of SEMA, Ahmed Satomi disclosed that the state government would also sponsor the education of the widows’ children.

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