China Donates N6m Worth Of Relief Materials To Plateau IDPs


The Peoples Republic of China has donated relief materials worth about N6 million to Internally Displaced Persons in Plateau State.

Deputy Chinese Ambassador, Mr Lin Jing, presented the items during a ceremony organised by the Civil-Military Relief Initiative and Operation Safe Haven on Friday at the Angul Di Internally Displaced camp, Jos.


Benue Govt Warns IDP Camp Officials Against Diversion Of Relief Materials

The Benue State government has threatened to arrest any official caught diverting relief materials from the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp set up in Makurdi for the victims of the flood in the state.

This warning by the government is following a stand-off between camp officials and the IDPs who demanded an explanation on the movement of relief materials out of the camp.

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The deputy governor and chairman of the flood disaster management committee, in the state, Benson Abounu, issued the threats on Sunday following the alleged movement of relief materials without his approval.

But for the timely intervention of the Deputy Governor in the ensuing crisis, representatives of the IDPs were up against the camp management and the camp security which they accused of complicity in the unauthorized movement of the items.

The conflict between representatives of the IDPs and camp officials was almost turning into a free for all, before the attention of the deputy governor was drawn to the matter, upon arrival at the camp.

Aisha Buhari Presents Building Materials, Food Items To Yobe IDPs

Aisha Buhari, Yobe, IDPsIn continuous efforts to rebuild the northeast region, Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has presented some building materials and food items to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), in Yobe state.

The items are also to be shared to other vulnerable groups in the insecurity prone north east state, to help cushion the hardships being faced.

Materials presented include: wood, facing boards, batting, as well as tying iron, ceilings, roofing sheets, nails, as well as several food items.

Presenting the materials to the Yobe state Government, the first lady represented by the Borno state Commissioner of Women Affairs Mrs Yabawa Kolo, said the Mrs Buhari, is always “saddened by the touching situation of vulnerable groups in the society, hence the need for the assistance”.

“The First Lady wants to use her good office to reach out to these IDPs and the vulnerable who must be the poorest among the poor and the vulnerable among the most vulnerable, with the hope that it will help them at this most trying period of their lives”.

She explained that the returning IDPs could use the building materials to erect destroyed structures, while the food items would help to fight hunger which according to her, is evident among them.

The Yobe State Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu, on the other hand, expressed appreciation while receiving the materials.

Describing the act as a “kind gesture”, he said it was very timely: as it would help the returning IDPs in the rebuilding of their ancestral homes which were destroyed by the insurgents.

“I want to place it on records that this is not the first time we are receiving relief materials from the First Lady.

“I wish to state categorically that we will transport these materials to the beneficiaries where ever they may be.”

Yobe state according to the Deputy Governor, has never been found wanting in the distribution of relief materials sent to the state.

Mr Aliyu, who is also the Chairman of the Resettlement of IDPs in the state, therefore assured the first lady that the materials received would serve the purpose for which it was intended.

The materials are currently under the custody of the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), in preparation for distribution.

Communal Crisis: Al-Makura Flags Off Distribution Of Relief Materials

Al-MakuraNasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, has flagged off the distribution of relief materials to over 50 villages affected by communal crisis in the state.

Speaking in company of top government functionaries, traditional rulers and security personnel during the flagging off ceremony at the Government House in Lafia, the Nasarawa State’s capital, Governor Al-Makura said that the occasion was first of its kind.

He added that it was part of his administration’s effort to alleviate the sufferings of those affected by communal crisis.

The Governor said that the occasion was a special one to appreciate the efforts of the people of the state in embracing peace.

He also lauded the Eggon nation, which recently pledged its support towards achieving peace in Nasarawa State and called on the people of Loko development area to sheath their swords and embrace peace.

The relief materials distributed included clinical materials and money to at least 50 villages affected by communal crisis to address their health and financial challenges.

NSEMA Distributes Relief Materials To Flood Victims

nsemaThe Niger State Emergency Management Agency, NSEMA on Wednesday, begun the distribution of relief materials to 16 local governments affected by flood in 2015.

The Niger State Deputy Governor, Ahmed Ketso, at the flag off ceremony, said that it cost the state government a sum of 50 million Naira to package the relief materials for the 16 affected local governments in the state.

Mr Ketso stated that the materials were meant to cushion the effect of the flood on the life’s of the victims.

He, however, warned the handling officials to ensure that the materials got to the persons they were meant for.

The Director General of Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Inga, also assured the Governor that measures had been put in place to ensure effective distribution of the relief materials through their Local Government Desk Officers, who took record of the victims.

Mr Inga told reporters that the materials distributed include; two trucks of cement and rice each (1,200) respectively, 500 bags of maize, 300 bags of garri and 200 roofing sheets.

Others were 200 jerrycans of Palm oil and groundnut oil each, 200 cartons of salt and 4,400 cartons of food seasoning.

The Chairman of Bida Local Government Area, Baba Indaman, represented by Umaru Gbate, who received the goods on behalf of other councils, assured the affected persons of a judicious distribution of the materials.

Mr Gbate expressed happiness over the gesture from the state government noting that mechanism has been put in place for onward distribution through their ward chairmen, who would hand the items over to them, with the record available to them.

Over 100 Displaced Communities In Nasarawa Get Re-settlement Packages

internally-displaced-persons-NEMA (1)Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from over 100 communities in Nasarawa State have received relief materials worth over 150 million Naira, as part of their re-settlement package from the state government.

Thousands of Nasarawa indigenes fled their native homes following months of violence in 2014, that left hundreds dead and properties worth millions of Naira destroyed by assailants.

The relief materials, comprising of building materials, food, and beddings, were on Friday presented to the representatives of IDPs from the various communal crisis across the state in 2015 by the Governor.

The Governor also released Hilux vans for each of the 10 newly created re-settlement and security centres in areas considered too prone to violence.

The year 2014 will remain memorable in the heart of many indigenes of Nasarawa State who lost relations, property and local economy to ethnic violence across hundred villages in the state.

Governor Al-makura flagged off the distribution of the relief materials, asking the IDPs to take solace in the fact that they are alive to rebuild after the crisis.

One of the displaced persons, Ibrahim Arykia noted that life had been difficult relying on charity and goodwill.

Some of the traditional rulers, whose palaces were burnt down along with the houses of their subjects, said they had become residents of neighbouring chiefdoms where they have been taking refuge.

One of them was the Emir of Daddare, Balarabe Mohammed.

Allaying fears that the relief materials will not get to the actual IDPs due to unscrupulous activities in the distribution chain, the Executive Secretary of the Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency, NASEMA, Abdullahi Idris, assured the people that the process would be carried out properly.

The IDPs had expressed fears that they may not take part in the elections, but Governor Al-makura said arrangements had been made to accommodate them in the electoral process. He however, said that their safety was the topmost priority for the state government.

The IDPs also confirmed to Channels Television correspondent in Lafia, that they were able to pick up the Permanent Voter Cards and would actively vote at the polls.

Ports Authority Donates Relief Items To Displaced Bakassi Indigenes

A delegation of management of the Nigerian Ports Authority led by political leader of the displaced people, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, visited the displaced people of Bakassi, who have been forced to take shelter in schools, donating relief materials to them.

The group visited the refugee camp at Saint Marks Nursery and Primary school, Akwa Ikot Eyo Edem in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State with relief materials worth millions of naira to the victims.

While addressing the gathering, Senator Ita-Giwa called on the federal government to hasten the process of rehabilitating the displaced people to a home they can call their own as part of recommendations submitted by the committee it set up to look into their plights.

She assured the people of her continuous cries to the federal government and the international community in ensuring that, a permanent succor comes their way soon.

The NPA representative and Calabar port manager, Mr Musa Wada, disclosed that the gesture to the displaced people is fulfilling part of the authority’s corporate responsibility to provide succor to needy citizens.

He assured of continuous support from the authority and also beckoned on the federal government to take their plight into serious consideration and proffer a permanent solution.

The refugees have been displaced for five months.

Relief materials donated included food items, toiletries, provisions, bedding’s, among others.

Nigeria’s chief justice advocates reform of refugee laws

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Musdapher has called for the re-appraisal of international instruments such as the 1951 convention related to the status of refugees, the 1948 declaration of Human Rights and the African Union convention to reflect the modern challenges of refugees.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Musdapher

Statistics by the International Rescue Committee shows that there are about 42 million displaced people in the world, 25 million of which are in Africa.

The Committee’s record also shows that there are 12 million refugees in the world, about 3.2 million of which are in Africa.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, who was speaking at the training workshop for Judges and Khadis on refugee laws, blamed the trend on what he called the lukewarm observance of relevant international law and the narrow scope of the laws which provide no answer for the escalating scale of internally displaced persons and refuges around the world.

He calls for a review of these laws especially in Nigeria.

Justice Musdapher, who decried the increasing rate of the violation of the principles of non-refoulments by countries around the world, says it has become imperative to provide an internationally minimum standard for the treatment of forcibly displaced persons.

“It is imperative to reappraise international instruments such as the 1951 convention relating to the status of refugees. A general overview of these instruments is germane and provides internationally the accepted minimum standards for the treatment of forcibly displaced persons,” he said.

The chief justice added that efforts must be made to ensure that the rights and wellbeing of stateless and internally displaced persons are protected beyond the provision of relief materials.