SEMA spends N2bn on IDPs in Borno, says Official

Maiduguri, Sept. 2, 2017 (TNE) The Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) on Saturday said it has spent more than N2 billion on distribution of food items and condiments to IDPs in the last four years.

SEMA’s Chairman Alhaji Satomi Ahmad, gave the figure in Maiduguri.

Satomi said that the amount went into procurement and distribution of foodstuff, firewood, drugs and condiments to people displaced by Boko Haram insurgency in the state.

He said that the gesture is to augment the Federal Government and development agencies’ efforts in support of the displaced persons and address humanitarian crisis.

“Previously, the agency spent about N20 million on procurement and distribution of firewood alone to displaced households in the camps and liberated communities.

“The trend resulted in unprecedented upsurge in the demand and supply of firewood in the state.

“ This also naturally resulted in depletion of forest resources and destruction of the environment which left us with no option other than to start using charcoal,” he said.

Satomi said the choice of charcoal came with high cost as the initial funds for firewood went up astronomically.

The chairman said the agency had also concluded arrangements to de-worm and immunise all children in IDP camps and liberated communities.

He said that the exercise is designed to protect children from diseases, reduce morbidity and mortality.

According to him, the agency has deployed nine mobile clinics to enhance rapid response and disaster management services in the state. (TNE)

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