United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, in collaboration with the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, has concluded plans to set up tent classes for children in Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp.
SEMA director of Planning, Relief and Disaster, Alhaji Bulau Geidam revealed in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, yesterday that the measure was part of efforts of the state government to ensure that children in the camp obtain basic education.
This is even as National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has said that five babies were delivered at IDPs camp at Kalambaina, Sokoto, between May 7 and May 9.
NEMA assistant head, Sokoto Zonal Operations Office, Mr Thickman Tanimu made this known to newsmen in Sokoto on Sunday.
Tanimu said that of the five new babies, three were girls while two were boys.
He said two were delivered on May 7 while on transit to Sokoto, two on May 8 and one on May 9, adding that the mothers and children were hale and hearty.
Tanimu said that 2,000 IDPs, including the new babies, were evacuated by the agency from Geidam in Yobe on Wednesday, May 6, to Sokoto.
He said that nearly 80 percent of the affected people were from Kebbi while the rest were from Sokoto State.
“They were earlier displaced due to insurgent activities in Doron-Baga in Borno and they fled to Gegeme in Difa state, Niger Republic as refugees.
“However, they were also unfortunately deported back to Geidam in Yobe state after an insurgent attack at their IDPs camp in Niger Republic.
“It was from Geidam that the IDP’s were screened by NEMA and security agencies, and the agency evacuated them to Sokoto,” Tanimu said.
He said that the affected persons from Sokoto State had almost been evacuated by the state government to their various towns and villages across the 23 local governments of the state.
Tanimu, however, expressed regrets that the IDPs from Kebbi at the camp were reportedly ‘disowned’ by Gov. Saidu Dakingari.
He was quoted as saying that the IDPs from his state were not indigenes of the state and may be insurgents.
The Executive Secretary of the Kebbi State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Mr Chindo Jega, said that arrangements were being made to evacuate the IDPs to Kebbi.
Meanwhile, Tanimu has said that the NEMA was providing food items, blankets, rubber mats, water and other essential needs to the IDPs.

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