National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has distributed more relief materials worth more than N5 million to the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camps in Mutum-Biyu, Taraba State.
Alhaji Muhammed Sani-Sidi, the director general of the agency, presented the items to the IDPs in Tudun Haske, Sabongari, Anguwar Tike, Kan-Kwana and Bayan Kasuwa camps in Gassol Local Government Area of the state.
The DG informed the IDPs that the federal government, in addition to being committed to alleviating their sufferings, was also making efforts to restore peace to all troubled communities across the country.
According to him, “These relief materials are not compensation for the lost you have incurred; it will further alleviate your suffering in the camps while the federal government tackles the menace of insurgency and communal crisis in the country.”
While urging the IDPs to forgive one another and embrace peace to pave way for development in their various communities for a better Nigeria, he also assured that they would one day go back to their communities.
The DG, who was represented by the agency’s head of Gombe operations office, Alhaji Saidu Mini, called on the IDPs to support security operatives and other stakeholders in finding lasting solutions to violence in their areas.
The caretaker chairman of the council, Alhaji Bashir Tukura commended NEMA for always identifying with his people in time of need.
Represented by his chief of staff, Malam Idris Ibrahim, the chairman pledged the support of the council towards restoration of peace and unity among warring communities.
Alhaji Arayyan Umar, the chairman of the IDPs, appreciated the federal government for the continued support to the affected persons, adding that all they wanted was peace to enable them return to Wukari, where they were forced out by crisis since January 2014, so that their children would get back to school.
Items distributed include 100 bags of rice, 100 bags of Guinea corn, 100 bags of millet, 100 bags of beans, 100 bags of sugar and 30 kegs of palm oil.
Others are 800 mattresses, 500 pieces of mosquito nets, 50 cartons of sanitary pads, 500 pieces of men’s wear, 500 pieces of women’s wear, 500 pieces of children’s wear among others.

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