Nigeria gives aid to displaced persons in neighbouring countries

Timothy Choji, Abuja


Nigeria has distributed essential food and non-food items worth millions of Naira to Nigerians currently seeking refuge in Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic.

The distribution carried out by the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA was in continuation of government’s fulfilment of its commitment to the welfare of all displaced persons.

Items distributed at the camps in the three neighbouring countries include; bags of rice, maize, millet among others.

Supply report
The monthly report for August released by the Presidency indicated that non-food items supplied to the camps in the three countries from 2015 to date include medical and non-medical supplies.

There were also eye drops, anti-diabetic drugs, Antacid drugs, multivitamin, laboratory consumables, blankets, mattresses, mosquito nets, men’s and women’s wears.

In the report titled: ‘‘Monthly Report Of Federal Government Actions In The North East States Affected By Boko Haram’’, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on IDPs, Dr. Mariam Masha, stated that the National Humanitarian Coordination Forum is effectively addressing the welfare of IDPs in these areas.

The Forum’s humanitarian interventions covers areas such as health, nutrition, food security, water, education, protection, sanitation and hygiene across the States affected by insurgency in the North East region.

The report further showed that the Government through the bold initiative of the military has constructed a temporary school for IDPs in the Bama camp and deployed teachers for a population of over 3,000 children.

The report also highlighted that the military through the Office of the National Security Adviser has formed a working group which is to develop a policy framework and national action plan in preventing and countering violent extremism.

Similarly, the World Bank and the Federal Ministry of Health are to collaborate with the military and civilian Joint Task Force to vaccinate children in all accessible Local Government Areas in Borno State in support of government’s Polio Response Plan.