Daily Trust (Abuja)

17 December 2013

Nigeria: NEMA - 16,470 Nigerians in Displaced Persons Camps

Director General of NEMA Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi has said 16,470 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were officially registered and living in various camps across several Nigerian states.

He said this while speaking at the 6th Dialogue of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) which took place in Geneva recently said the displacement in Nigeria is volatile. He said at the height of the 2012 flood disaster, over 2.3 million people were displaced across Nigeria.

Sidi attributed the causes of the displacement to both natural and human factors, noting that, flooding and drought are the major natural hazards. While conflicts and ethno-religious crises and emerging terrorism, on the other hand, constitute the main sources of displacement.

He disclosed that the Nigerian Government has developed a mechanism for Disaster Risk Reduction, coordinated by NEMA, for preventing and mitigating forced displacement. This, he said are contained in mechanisms, systems and procedures for administering to the needs of IDPs before, during and after displacement.

In related development, the Kogi state residents who were last year displaced by flooding have received relief materials from Nigerians living in the United Kingdom.

Receiving the items, Special Adviser to the State Governor on Special Duties, Mr. Ogu Johnson Ohekutu appreciated the kind gesture and assured that the materials will be distributed to intended beneficiaries.

According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) 16, 470 internally displaced persons (IDP) are officially registered and living in various camps across several states in the country presently.

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