Lawmakers Solicit Better Funding For NEMA

NEMA, House of Representatives, LawmakersSome members of the House of Representatives have called for improved funding of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to enable the agency expand its scope of activities for better delivery.

The House Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness believed that the upgraded funds would help the agency carry out its strategic duties of threat identification, warning, prevention and post conflict settlement among others.

The lawmakers made the appeal at a retreat on disaster management held in Jos, the Plateau State capital in north-central Nigeria.

Chairman of the committee, Representative Isa Ali, expressed concern that the agency has been underfunded over the years and appealed for an upgrade for better performance.

On his part, the Director General of NEMA, Mr Sani Sidi, highlighted the agency’s uniqueness in managing Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria, which he said were over two million.

Amendment Of NEMA Act

The retreat is an annual event organised by the agency, and also a platform for interaction between NEMA and the lawmakers to share ideas on ways of enhancing the performance of the agency.

It is also a gathering convened to look into its legislative and budgetary support, considering the enormous tasks facing the agency in terms of tackling nature and human induced disasters in Nigeria.

Stakeholders at the session have called for the amendment of NEMA Act to help the institution cope with emerging trends in disaster management, with emphasis on acquiring modern equipment.

They also solicited for improved welfare packages with insurance scheme for staff of the agency, as well as the establishment of a National Emergency Management Trust Fund with a board of trustee to manage the fund.

Buhari Assures IDPs Of Better Welfare

Muhammadu-Buhari-and-IDPsPresident Muhammadu Buhari has assured Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria of a better welfare and the government’s commitment to resettling them. 

The President made the promise at the the Malkohi IDPs camp in Yola in the southern part of Adamawa State, during a visit to the state.

Displaced as a result of the activities of the Boko Haram sect in the north-east, the IDPs have found the camp as their new homes, but the President reassured them that they would be going home soon.

He told the displaced persons that the Boko Haram terrorists do not represent any religion, stressing that terror group is set to disintegrate Nigeria.

Unfortunate Condition

He described the condition of the IDPs as unfortunate and called on them to remain calm, as the government was working towards returning them to their homes.

“The children are the worst hit. The situation has caused anxieties especially when we sleep at night,” the President said addressing the I?DPs in Hausa language.

“Rest assured, we will rebuild your Schools, hospitals and homes.”

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President Muhammadu Buhari says his government will reconstruct the devastated north-east

The Chairman of IDPs in Malkohi camp, Mr Nicholas Samuel, thanked the Federal and State governments for coming to their aid and appealed to the President to facilitate their return to their homes.

Governor Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla of Admawa State had earlier told the President that one of the major concerns of the State government was the welfare and wellbeing of the displaced persons.

The Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Sani Sidi, told the President that at present, the camp had 80 pregnant women and 175 unaccompanied children.

Before President Buhari visit the IDPs camp, he had decorated brave war heroes with a Purple Heart medal, an award given to troops who fought for 6 months under ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’.

NEMA To Focus On Reintegration Of IDPs

NEMA To Focus On Reintegration Of IDPs The Director-General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Sani Sidi, says the agency has commenced working out modalities towards rehabilitation and reconstruction of war devastated areas affected by the Boko Haram insurgency especially in Nigeria’s north-east region.

This came as the Boko Haram insurgency gradually winds up, sequel to sustained military operation in the troubled north east of the country.

The NEMA boss gave the hint on Thursday while presenting food items and other relief materials to insurgency and flood victims in Pompomari camp in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital which currently has a total population of 4211 persons.

 

Mr Sidi said that the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration had constituted a presidential committee charged with the responsibility of identifying the destroyed communities and their immediate needs for urgent attention as soon as the military certify the safety in the war devastated areas.

The committee, according to him, would also work out ways of restoring the means of livelihood of the inhabitants so as to contribute to nation building as they return to their various communities.

He commended the Yobe State government for integrating the IDPs into the immediate community in the stead of resorting to opening up conventional camps which were prone to so many social ills.

The DG, who also praised the synergy between NEMA and the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (YOSEMA), appealed to other philanthropists to partner with the agencies in efforts to improve the living conditions of the IDPs.

The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, who was represented by his deputy, Abubakar Aliyu, thanked NEMA for the gesture.

He assured the agency that the materials would be distributed evenly to the IDPs as well as called for sustain assistance in time of needs.

According to Governor Gaidam, as a result of the insurgency, the Yobe State government was forced to establish IDPs camps to house the displaced persons, an initiative he said had so far cost 800 million naira.

He appealed to philanthropists, individuals, corporate bodies and non-governmental organisations to emulate the agencies by coming to the aid of the IDPs in the state and beyond.

The Director of the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (YOSEMA), Mr Idi Jidawa, while speaking on the operation of the camp, said that since it opened for operation, it has recorded 38 births, 7 deaths with 8 marriages.

He also said that the camp had 128 breast feeding mothers while 91 persons with various ailments had so far been referred to various hospitals across the state, neighbouring Borno and Kano State.