20 May 2009

Nigeria: Nema Mobilises Relief Materials for Niger Delta Crisis Victims

Abuja — National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is mobilising resources to ensure that adequate relief materials, including drugs and food items, are provided to the displaced people in the on-going crisis between the military and militant groups in the Niger Delta region.

Director-General of NEMA, Mohammed Audu-Bida, has raised a team, led by the Director of Relief and Rehabilitation from the Abuja headquarters of the agency, to monitor and assess the level of devastation as a result of assault on the militants' locations.

The team is to determine the requirement in terms of relief materials and rehabilitation of innocent victims in the affected communities.

This was contained in a statement by the NEMA headquarters.

It assured that adequate provisions would be made to alleviate the suffering of the citizens.

Last Sunday, the zonal coordinator of the agency, Martins Osuwa, who has been on ground, confirmed that over 3,000 people who have been displaced were reluctant to move to Internally Displaced Person Camps due to fear of reprisal from the militants and crossfire from different directions.

The coordinator added that some of the militants seemed to have hidden and mingled with ordinary citizens in large areas condoned by military which make it difficult to mobilise the ordinary and innocent citizens from the criminal youth.

The agency is statutorily mandated to distribute emergency relief material to victims of disasters and assist in their rehabilitation.

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