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FG ‘improves condition’ of IDPs in north-east

FG ‘improves condition’ of IDPs in north-east
July 31
22:55 2016

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the north-east received over 23, 000 bags of assorted food items and 2,155 bags of shelter supplies from different federal government agencies in July.

About 10,300 bags of assorted grains and cereals were also used in feeding of over two million persons scattered across the region.

This was revealed in the monthly federal intervention report of the Presidential Initiative on North East (PINE) compiled by Tope Masha, senior special assistant to the president on the north-east.

The report said the welfare of the IDPs received tremendous boost in the month reviewed.

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It added that under the coordinated federal intervention programme, PINE and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were the leading humanitarian aid agencies.

The report indicated that PINE through the office of the secretary to the government of the federation distributed 2,155 assorted shelter materials in nine (9) different local government Areas of Borno state which includes Bama, Damboa, Bakacy, Dikwa, Monguno, Mafa, Jere, Banki and Gwoza.

The federal government, according to the report, responded swiftly to the reported case of malnutrition in Bama camp, as severely malnourished children and adults have been moved from Bama to Maiduguri for comprehensive medical treatment.

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It added that government has also deployed medical teams from the federal ministry of health and Nigerian air force to assist in support mission for nutrition emergency response to those in need.

In addition, the government of Borno is reportedly converting Islamiya School in Bama to a hospital, which will be equipped by the Nigeria air force to achieve quick comprehensive treatment of victims.

Moved by the plight of the IDPs, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the establishment of the Presidential Committee on North East Interventions (PCNI).

He mandated the committee chaired by Theophilus Danjuma, former minister of defence, to rehabilitate, reconstruct and recover the north-east.

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