The Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA)Mustapha Habib Ahmed, has officially handed over the monthly routine food distribution to internally displaced people (IDPs) residing in designated camps, host communities, and liberated communities in Borno and Adamawa State to the North East Development Commission (NEDC).
Mr Ahmed highlighted the Agency’s willingness to support the NEDC in its bid to succeed in his speech at the handover ceremony in Abuja.
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He expressed appreciation and gratitude to the Managing Director NEDC over his pledge on 16th October, 2022 at the Conference Room of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development to take over the feeding of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in camps and host communities hitherto being provided with daily ration of food and non-food items by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Maiduguri and Yola in Borno and Adamawa states respectively.
According to him, “This gracious takeover of NEMA routine intervention by the NEDC will decouple the resources deployed and grant us the impetus to further deliver relief support to persons in need in the event of sudden onset disasters nationwide including in the North East region.”
Despite the takeover, he said NEMA will continue to provide relief assistance to impacted communities in the North East region whenever sudden onset disasters hit.
He maintained that the Agency would be “ready always to work with the NEDC in areas of relief support, damage and loss assessment and capacity for staff members in consideration of the strong operational and service delivery commonality between our two sister agencies.”
Reviewing the current situation, he noted that NEMA had provided food for IDPs staying in camps in Madinatu, Muna Garage, Customs House, Goni Kachallari, and Shuwari IDP camps in Maiduguri Metropolis, along with many other host communities, over the years since the Boko Haram conflict erupted.