Bama: Over 12,000 Displaced Persons Get Relief Materials From NEMA


SAN FRANCISCO, September 09, (THEWILL) - No fewer than 12,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) sacked from Bama by Boko Haram were Tuesday presented with eight truck-load of relief materials by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) .

NEMA Director General, Alhaji Sani Mohammed Sidi, disclosed this in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, while kick-starting the distribution exercise.

Sidi said the relief materials were for the 12,000 registered IDPs from Bama currently being rehabilitated at the NYSC orientation camp and the Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), Yerwa.

'What we have done today is a flag-off of assistance to our brothers and sisters who met challenges in Bama and when they came to Maiduguri, ' Sidi, who was represented at the occasion by NEMA Director of Research and Planning, Dr. Zanna Mohammed , said.

He disclosed that the relief materials were to compliment the effort of the State Government in addressing the problem of the displaced people, stressing that President Goodluck Jonathan personally directed the agency to deliver the relief materials to cushion the hardship of the IDPs.

'These items will be managed by NEMA, Borno committee and the security agencies. The intention is to bring succour to our displaced brothers, not only in terms of food, beddings and other relief materials. We are also in a position to render any medical assistance that may be required,' he added.

He also assured that NEMA will continue to assist the IDPs even after they have left the camps to their homes.

'After people have gone back to their homes from the camps, we are not abandoning them, we are going to continue rendering assistance to them. The Federal Government is aware that farming activities have been affected,' he said.

While receiving the materials, the chairman of the Borno State Committee, Alhaji Usman Jiddah Shuwa, expressed gratitude to NEMA for coming to the aid of the IDPs, saying the state governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima , had approved the sum of N100 million to cater for the plight of the people displaced people from Bama.