Borno State Government, BOSG, has commended National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and the security operatives under the 7 Division, Nigerian Army for providing relief materials and adequate security to thousands of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Monguno and Dikwa local government areas of the state.
In Dikwa alone, more than 40,000 people, who were trapped by insurgents in the last one year, have trooped into a resettlement camp, following the ongoing military operations in most communities affected, while another camp was also established in Monguno by the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, in collaboration with NEMA officials and security agencies, including police.
The commendation was made at the week end by the Commissioner for Local Government and Emirate Affairs, Hon. Usman Zanna in an interview with newsmen in Maiduguri, the state capital.
Zanna said, following the ongoing operation by the military under the ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ in and around Dikwa axis and surrounding communities of Mafa, Marte, Kala Balge and Monguno local government areas, IDPs were still trooping into the newly established camps, pointing out the effort the state government was making by prompt provision of more than 60 bags of 50 kgs of rice and other condiments on daily basis.
NEMA, under the Zonal Coordinator, North East, Alhaji Mohammed Kanar, and the Theatre Commander, “Operation Lafiya Dole,” Major General Yusha’u Abubakar, said they were doing excellently in complimenting the effort of Governor Kashim Shettima towards the plights of innocent civilians who have become refugees in the own country.
He said already, government has released funds to carter for the victims of the insurgency, particularly the displaced people mostly drawn from the affected council areas, noting that “the effort put in place by NEMA and other humanitarian agencies like the Red Cross, among others, and security agencies are highly appreciated.
He added that, a team of medical experts have been dispatched to Dikwa camp to carter for those who were sick and to offer free medical treatment for IDPs who were mostly women and children, as according to him, the military forces and the government were doing their best to ensure peace return back to the affected communities.
“I was just informed that NEMA zonal Coordinator in Maiduguri, Alhaji Mohammed Kanar, led a team of agency officials and other relevant stakeholders to deliver food and non food relief items, tents, medical supplies, firewood, cooking utensils and water to internally displaced persons in Dikwa L.G.A in Borno State on Wednesday 25 November.
“We are using this medium to appeal to other donor agencies to come to our aid by giving succour to our distressed people, particularly the IDPs,” Zanna said.
While praying God to give eternal rest to the souls of those who lost their lives due to activities of insurgents and the injured quick recovery, Zanna urged all and sundry to pray for the restoration of peace in the state and the country as a whole.