As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to celebrate the 2016 world humanitarian day, the Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Sidi, has called for more humanitarian assistance to people trapped in conflict.
The director-general said this while fielding questions from journalists after a walk organised by the agency to mark this year’s world humanitarian day.
He explained that although United Nation’s agencies have been supportive to Nigeria by giving it humanitarian assistance, more needs to be done, as most camps in the North-East have being closed and Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, safely returned home.
He explained that this year’s celebration is to pay tribute to humanitarian workers who have lost their lives in the course of service to the nation as there can be no compensation for the loss of human life. He also added that with about 2.1 million IDPs, the humanitarian challenge is enormous.
Sani added that efforts are also being made to bring back IDPs in neighbouring countries of Niger, Chad and Cameroun who voluntarily want to return home.
Also speaking, Oxfam Country Director, Jan Rogge, commended NEMA and pledged continuous support for Nigeria, saying it hopes to reach out to more people in need of humanitarian assistance in the country.