FG shares bags of rice to IDPs in Cameroon, Chad, Niger

Federal Government on Thursday disclosed that it has distributed several bags of essential food and non-food items to Nigerian Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, the distribution of the items were overseen by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

The list of food items included 12, 332 bags of parboiled rice/rice; 6, 084 bags of maize; 6,156 bags of millet; 5,180 bags of granulated sugar; 2,000 bags of salt (25kg); 800 bags of semolina; 4,016 bags of beans; 9,800 cartoons of Indomine noodles.

Others are 1,800 cartoons of powdered milk; 800 cartoons of spaghetti; 2,000 vegetable oil (20 litres); 2,180 cartoons of Omo detergents; 600 kegs of palm oil and 400 cartoons of 3-in-1 tea.

The non-food items supplied to the camps in the three countries from 2015 to date include medical and non-medical supplies such as antibiotics, antifungal, anti-malaria, Anthelmintic, NSAID, non-SAID Analgesics, Antitussives and Antithasmine drugs.

Similarly, the Monthly Report Of Federal Government Actions In The North East States Affected By Boko Haram, the Senior Special Assistant on IDPs in the Vice President’s Office, Dr Mariam Masha, said that the National Humanitarian Coordination Forum (NHCF) was effectively addressing the welfare of IDPs in the areas.

Some other items donated included “eye drops, anti-diabetic drugs, Antacid drugs, multivitamin, laboratory consumables, blankets, mattresses, mosquito nets, men’s and women’s wears.”

The report reads: “In Minawao, Cameroon, alone, 48,400 bags and cartoons of non-food items like medium and small mattresses, pillows, mosquito nets, blankets, towels, guinea brocade, nylon mats, plastic plates, cups, spoons and buckets, Omo detergents, washing soaps, bathroom slippers, pampers as well as exercise books pencils and textbooks were distributed to IDPs.

“Forum, partnering with critical stakeholders, establishes important intervention mechanisms to check and mitigate the incidence and negative effects of flooding on the IDPs in Borno, Yobe and Bauchi States.”

The report also showed that the Federal Government through the 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 military also provided solar boreholes in Dikwa, Gamboru, Monguno, Marte, Mafe Gwoa, Buni Yadi, Bulla, Allargano and in several other communities in Borno State.

The scale of humanitarian efforts by the military also cover road construction and reconstruction, donation of educational materials to schools as well as rehabilitation of worship centres and markets in Adamawa and Yobe States.

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

Dr. Masha commended the commitment of the UN System for its various humanitarian and policy initiatives and noted that the World Bank organised a workshop towards developing a strategic plan which will assist the Federal Government to effectively articulate and implement its programmes for the North East.

The World Bank and the Federal Ministry of Health are also to collaborate with the military and Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) to vaccinate children in all accessible LGAs in Borno State in support of government’s Polio Response Plan.

The report observed that NEMA relocated a total of 23,391 IDPs from schools that were initially used as camps to new sites in Bakassi and Dalori IDP camps in Maiduguri.

The Federal Ministry of Education provided emergency classroom supplies for learners in Borno State communities such as Konduga (675), Bama (2500), Dikwa (500), Damboa (500) and Monguno (500).

The report also said the interventions by the Presidential Initiative for the North East (PINE) showed that displaced persons also received from PINE, various food items such as rice, millet, guinea corn, maize, iodized salt, vegetable oil and Indomie noodles which were distributed to the six frontline States of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

Gombe State also received several bags of food items for the Operation Safe Corridor (OSC).

The OSC was a programme set up by the Federal Government in its bid to war against insurgency in the North East.

The objective of the programme was also to enhance government efforts to rehabilitate and re-integrate surrendered and repentant terrorist members in the region.

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