Following the havoc bandits have wreaked on many communities in Niger State, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Thursday said that it has commenced direct distribution of relief materials to 24,925 household of displaced persons affected by banditry in the state.
This is even as it revealed that 14 local government areas (LGs) of the state affected by banditry are currently in need of food and support.
The Director General, NEMA, AVM Muhammadu Muhammed (rtd), flagged off the relief distribution in Kuta, the headquarters of Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.
The NEMA DG, represented by the Head of Minna Operations Office, Hajiya Zainab Ahmad Saidu, while sympathising with the affected persons, stated that the relief materials approved by President Muhammadu Buhari were delivered to complement the efforts of the Niger State Government and others to provide them with succour over their situation.
Muhammad, in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja, Thursday by Head, Media and Public Relations of the agency, Mr. Manzo Ezekiel, explained that a joint assessment recently conducted by the staff of NEMA and Niger State Emergency Management Agency showed that the displaced persons are in stable condition.
According to him, “It was on this basis that the presidential approval was obtained and the requisite materials comprised of 5,412 bags (10kg) of rice, 5,412 bags (10kg) of beans, 500 kegs of vegetable oil, 500 cartons of seasoning cubes and 500 bags of iodized salt were delivered to them.”
He further explained that the materials would be distributed directly to the affected persons in the camps and host communities by NEMA staff in collaboration with officials of the state Emergency Management Agency.
Muhammad noted that the beneficiary LGs include Rafi, Shiroro, Bosso, Munya, Paikoro, Mariga, Kontagora, Magama, Mashegu, Wushishi, Rijau, Borgu, Lapai and Lavun.
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