Over 0.8 million IDPs Need Food In Borno Communities, says Zulum
Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum of Borno has urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to overcome plights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in camps and host communities for food.
The over a decade long Boko Haram insurgency, has claimed 36,000 lives with property worth $9.2 billion (about N3.42 trillion) in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
In a statement yesterday (Friday) in Maiduguri, Special Adviser to the Governor on communication and strategy, Isa Gusau disclosed that the 1.5 million IDPs are in need of food in Maiduguri and insurgency communities.
Zulum raised the alarm in a letter presented Thursday to NEMA’s Director General, AVM. Muhammadu Alhaji Mohammed (rtd) during his visit in Abuja.
He informed the Agency’s boss about the critical needs of IDPs in 11 military liberated towns.
“Zulum in a letter, informed NEMA’s Director General, that IDPs in Monguno, Bama, Damboa, Gwoza, Dikwa, Gambouru, Ngala, Damasak, Banki, Pulka and Gajiram need urgent access to food supplies,” he said.
While acknowledging NEMA’s interventions, he said that; “The North East Development Commission (NEDC) and efforts by Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), following presidential directive two years ago; that food seizures be used for humanitarian support in crisis areas.”
According to him, food interventions must be sustained because the majority of IDPs rely on agriculture as means of their livelihoods.
“Most of the IDPs in camps and returnees cannot access their farmlands due to terrorists’ attacks.”
Mohammed therefore assured the Governor of sustained support, while lauding Zulum’s efforts towards transforming the state with a 25-year development plan.
Zulum also met the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema on the intergovernmental efforts to repatriate about 300,000 refugees from Cameroon, Niger and Chad.
He said Borno citizens displaced by insurgency, had been taking refuge in Cameroon since 2014.
“Over 60,000 of such refugees are in Minawawo IDP camp in Cameroon, awaiting to be repatriated to Nigeria,” he said.