Ex-NEMA Boss Sidi, Others Join APC

Ex-NEMA Boss Sidi, Others Join APC
A file photo of former NEMA DG, Mohammed Sidi// Photo: Twitter- @GovKaduna.


A former Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Mohammed Sidi, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Sidi joined the ruling party on Monday along with his supporters in Kaduna State, a day after he announced his exit from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He led other members of his campaign organisation to the Government House in Kaduna, where they were formally received into the party by the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

The former NEMA DG informed the governor at a meeting that he consulted with his political associates and supporters before arriving at the decision to join the APC.

He explained that his decision was a result of the purposeful leadership that has been displayed by the APC administration in the state.

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Sidi assured Governor El-Rufai that he and his supporters would work for the victory of the APC at the polls on March 9.

The governor, on his part, commended the new members for the bold step they have taken by joining the progressive party.

He also assured them that they would be given equal treatment as other old members of the party.

Governor El-Rufai stressed that his administration has been fair and balanced in the distribution of infrastructure and appointments since it came into office in 2015.

He was, therefore, confident that the people of Kaduna would massively vote for him based on the performance of his administration.

Among those that defected along with Sidi included former commissioners, local government chairmen, and other PDP chieftains from the 23 local government areas of the state.

The former NEMA boss was a PDP governorship aspirant in Kaduna before his defection on Sunday, coming just a few days to the governorship and houses of assembly elections

In a statement by his spokesperson, Ahmed Maiyaki, he had said the decision to join the APC was due to what he described as the manipulation of PDP primaries in 2018.

Sidi alleged that the exercise was characterised by impunity, lack of internal democracy, and intimidation of party delegates by the leadership of the party.

He had also accused the PDP leadership in Kaduna of failing to genuinely engage all aspirants towards consultation and reconciliation, a task he said was important to help the party forge ahead.

See the photos of the meeting at the Government House below;

IDPs’ Relocation: NEMA Conducts Strategy Analysis In Borno

NEMA on Borno IDPsThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is conducting a needs assessment tour in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Borno State.

The assessment is coming on the heels of recent victories recorded by the Nigerian Army and outcry by the displaced persons insisting on returning to their original localities.

The Director General of NEMA, Mohammed Sidi, made the disclosure on Thursday during a two-day working visit to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

He said that Borno State accounted for 90% of the total number of displaced persons in northeast Nigeria.

Mr Sidi explained that the number of displaced persons in Maiduguri has been on the rise with an average of 20 new births recorded in a camp accommodating 12,000 people.

He also stressed that the recent victories recorded by the Nigerian Army have changed the face of humanitarian efforts which resulted to rehabilitation and resettlement of the IDPs.

Sharing their experience on camp, one of the IDPs, Maryam Mohammed, who is a widow said, “The problem is measles, seven out of my nine kids are down with measles right now.

“The truth is sometimes they attend to us and give us drugs when we visit the camp hospital, but other times they are not available.”

Another displaced person, Hamsatu Umar, said, “I need clothes and a sleeping mat with some money. I am old and I feel very sick that is why I need them to attend to me quickly so I can go back to my tent.”

The insurgency victim added that the harsh weather has been responsible for the illnesses in the camp, stressing that she went for some relief materials the previous day but could not get anything.

In furtherance to this, NEMA has called for deployment of medical personnel to IDPs camps within Maiduguri, the host communities and satellite camps in liberated communities with emphasis on children, maternal care and vulnerable persons.

The new satellite camps are located in Dikwa, Mafa, Damboa, Baga, Bama, Gwoza, Askira Uba, Damboa, Beneishek, Gamboru, Mongunu and Konduga.

NEMA, UN To Provide Temporary Shelter For IDPs In North East

NEMAThe National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA), says it is working in collaboration with the United Nations and other international humanitarian and faith based organisations to provide temporary accommodation for the over two million people that were displaced by the Boko Haram insurgents in the north east since June 2015.

The Director General of the agency, Mohammed Sidi, disclosed this while receiving an award for community service by the Rotary Club of Kakuri, in Kaduna State.

Mr Sidi, who was represented at the event by the Director of Training, Musa Zakari, said that the agency has established humanitarian cells in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states, and is also collaborating with the military to provide emergency relief assistance to communities ravaged by the terrorist attacks.

He further explained that NEMA is already working closely with the governments of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa and other humanitarian actors to conduct a comprehensive damage and loss assessment in the affected areas to provide exit packages to affected persons who have chosen to return to their various communities.

According to him, with the liberation of most of the communities hitherto under the occupation of the insurgents and the massive return of Nigerian refugees from Cameroun and Niger, the humanitarian outlook has therefore changed from short-term relief intervention to rehabilitation, reconstruction and recovery of the affected persons and communities.

While explaining that the tasks of settling the internally displaced persons are enormous for government alone to bear, Mr Sidi called on the Rotary Club and other humanitarian organisations in the country to assist the agency in providing  humanitarian services to victims to enable them return to normal life.

NEMA Donates Relief Materials To Flood Victims

nemaThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has donated relief items to the flood victims of Seven Local Governments in Katsina State.

Director General of NEMA, Mohammed Sidi, asked residents of the area to heed the warnings of the Meteorological Agency to prevent a recurrence.

Items distributed include food items, toiletries, bedding and building materials.

Present at the meeting to distribute the materials, were officials of the State Government, Traditional Rulers and community dwellers.

While commiserating with the people over the loss of lives and properties, Mr Sidi, however, advised that warnings on weather conditions be taken seriously.

The hardship caused by the flood has left many still in shock.

Mr Yauu Saleh lost his daughter when a wall collapsed, following the flood.

While government officials hope that the relief materials gets to those affected, the victims appealed to the State Government not to relent in sensitisation of communities on the dangers of building on drainage.

IDPs: Borno Government’s MoU With NEMA Begins To Yield Results

BornoThe National Emergency Management Agency is partnering with the Borno State Government in dealing with the humanitarian crisis that has devastated the state.

Director-General of the Emergency Agency, Mohammed Sidi, has been evaluating the extent of devastation with a view to intervening.

The Borno State Government had repeatedly groaned under the burden of housing and catering for the displaced unaided and this led to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with NEMA for coordination and partnership.

It is in furtherance to the MoU previously signed that Mr Mohammed Sidi has been visiting camps, health facilities and stakeholders in the capital city to evaluate areas requiring the agency’s intervention.

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has now said that NEMA’s intervention has helped stabilize the dwindling fortunes of the state.

Some of the displaced persons have also confirmed that their basic needs are being catered for with food items expected to supply the Internally Displaced Persons for the next two months arriving the state.

Over 900,000 people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency have been living in the 23 make shift camps spread across the capital city, Maiduguri.

Most families in the host community have also opened their doors to displaced friends and relatives sacked from their homes in less safer parts of the state.

The University of Maiduguri has also been officially identified as the 23rd make-shift camp as the management is now stuck with many students who have lost their hometowns to the insurgency.

Officials say Borno State is home to 70% of Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria.

FG To Compensate Bauchi Market Blast Victims

bauchi blastThe Federal Government has promised to compensate victims of the Bauchi central market explosions.

The Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed, announced the plan when he visited victims of the blast in some hospitals in Bauchi State.

The FCT Minister led a presidential delegation that included the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency, Mohammed Sidi, on a visit to injured victims of the explosion.

According to the delegation, the visit was to show the Federal Government’s solidarity with the victims and provide the much needed succour.

The Minister, who made a donation of 20million naira for the victims, also announced the rebuilding of the market so that the traders could return to their normal businesses.

Some of the victims, who spoke to Channels Television, recounted their experiences and urged the Federal Government to make good its promise as they have been paying their medical bills from their pockets.

The explosion which rocked the Bauchi central market on December 22, 2014, claimed several lives and injured many others.