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Government raises panel to facilitate humanitarian assistance to IDPs




The Federal Government has raised an inter-ministerial technical working group to facilitate effective humanitarian assistance to victims of insurgency.

The group is to give waivers and technical assistance by donors providing humanitarian aids in the North-East.

The decision followed a recent attack on the convoy of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State.

The membership of the group include the Office of the Vice President, office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Budget & National Planning, Finance, Nigeria Customs and Immigration.

The setting up of the committee coincides with the Federal Government’s claims that it has provided over 23,000 bags of assorted food items and 2,155 bags of shelter to its different agencies for distribution to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in North-East as part of on-going initiatives to ameliorate the plight of those affected by insurgency.

Under the co-ordinated government intervention programme, both the Presidential Initiative on North-East (PINE) and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) are leading the humanitarian aid with the distribution of 10,300 bags of assorted grains and cereals towards the feeding of over two million persons scattered across the region.

Besides, NEMA also supplied Borno State with 13,200 bags of food items.

Meanwhile, a statement by the media office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja yesterday indicated that PINE through the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) has distributed 2,155 assorted shelter materials in nine different local councils of Borno State, which include Bama, Damboa, Bakacy, Dikwa, Monguno, Mafa, Jere, Banki and Gwoza.

The Federal Government, according to the report, has also deployed medical teams from the Federal Ministry of Health and Nigerian Air Force to assist in support mission for nutrition emergency response to those in need.

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