NEMA distributes clothes to children, women in IDP camps

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THE National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has disclosed that it has started distribution of clothes to displaced children and women in the 15 Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Borno State.

Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Sidi, said that his official recent visit to some IDP camps in the state prompted the need to distribute clothes for children and women.

His words: “The distribution of these children and women’s clothes will be a continuous exercise as many of the displaced persons you see here in camps do not have good clothes to wear, and as the Sallah celebration approaches, the people need to wear good clothes instead of some children putting on rags and bathroom slippers.”

Sidi, who was represented by the Director of Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr. Eze Eugene Udemezue, also said that the IDPs fled their homes and communities without their clothes.

He said with the raining season already setting in, it becomes very necessary to provide clothes for them to prevent cold while they also appear decent in the various camps in Maiduguri and Biu.

“The distribution will be a routine exercise. This is just a flag off.

“Some of these clothes, especially for children, are ready-made purchased by the agency while we also sew some at the IDP camps,” Udemezue said.

Also, the North-East Zone Co-ordinator, Alhaji Mohammed Kanar, said adequate arrangements had also been made by the agency to distribute clothes to the children and women for the coming Muslim festival.

He said the effort was part of the distribution exercise flagged off by the representative of the agency’s director-general, Sidi.

He, therefore, appealed to other well-meaning Nigerians to give their widow’s mite for the welfare of the displaced persons even as he commended other international humanitarian agencies for their co-operation in alleviate the sufferings of displaced persons in the North-East.

In another development, the Executive Director of Nigerian Foundation for the Support of Victims of Terrorism (NFSVT), Prof. Sunday A. Ochoche, has said that the focus of the foundation would be on “economic empowerment of women and education of children” by engaging all the various communities affected by Boko Haram insurgency in Borno State and the North-East sub-region of the country.

Ochoche disclosed this in Maiduguri when the committee members of the Victims Support Fund paid an official visit to Government House to showcase the support in empowering all the affected women and education of children that are out of schools.

His words: “We will be here in Borno State and other states affected by insurgency in the medium and long-run in rebuilding all the destroyed towns and villages so that the over two million displaced persons can return to their respective communities. But the committee’s main focus is on economic empowerment of women and the education of children who had never been in schools since May 16, 2014. The number of children out of schools and colleges since the commencement of insurgency in Borno State are in tens of thousands.

The empowerment of women, according to him, will also make them productive instead of remaining in resettlement camps in Maiduguri metropolis and Biu.

He, however, noted that even though the committee was mandated to raise more funds into Victims Support Fund (VSF), out of the pledges of N50 billion, only about N20 billion or 40 per cent of the total VSF pledges was redeemed in Abuja last year.

Responding, Governor Kashim Shettima said that despite military’s renewed fight against Boko Haram insurgency, eight local councils are not safely accessible by the people.

The remained affected councils, according to him, include Ngala, Kala/Balge, Marte, Dikwa, Mafa, Bama, Konduga and Askira/Uba.

He, however, said: “Once we fight this insurgency to the finish, it will stop this madness of killings and destruction of lives and property in Borno State,” adding that the engagement of youths will also stop this madness by Boko Haram insurgents.

He urged the VSF committee to expedite action on returning all students and pupils to their destroyed and shut off schools and colleges in the state.

“Posterity will judge us if we allow the educational system to collapse. You either work for the people or leave this country,” Shettima said.

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