The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Monday distributed relief materials to 30,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Taraba State.
Director-General of NEMA, Air Vice-Marshal Muhammadu Muhammad (retired) made this known at the official flag-off of the distribution of the items to the beneficiaries in the 16 local government areas held in Jalingo, the state capital.
Muhammad, who was represented by NEMA Head of Operations, Adamawa/Taraba Operations Office, Mr Maidalla Iliya said the items comprised food and non-food materials.
The D-G explained that the gesture was in line with the agenda of the Minister of Humanitarian, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sa’adiya Farouk on giving succour to the Internally Displaced Persons in the country.
He, however, said the items which included rice (12.5kg), beans (25kg), vegetable oil, beverages, mattresses, blankets, and mosquito nets, among others were to be distributed in all the 16 local government areas of the state.
Muhammad also said the approval was granted based on the assessment carried out earlier by a disaster assessment team in the agency which visited all the crisis-affected areas in the state.
He advised the beneficiaries not to feel that they were compensated by the government, but those items were provided just to relieve them and sustain them for a moment.
Muhammad gave assured that the materials would get to the genuine people they were meant for, adding that the agency had developed a mechanism for ensuring efficient delivery of items.
“Our members of staff have been deployed to all the IDPs camps in the state to ensure efficient delivery of relief items to the targeted people,” he said.
Taraba State Commissioner for Special Duties and Humanitarian Affairs Mr Taninga Binga commended the Federal Government for the assistance.
Represented by Secretary in the Ministry Mr Samson Tijos, Binga expressed satisfaction with the quality and quantity of the materials provided by NEMA.
He also thanked the Federal Government for considering the request made by Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba concerning the plight of the IDPs in the state.
Chairman Jalingo Local Government Area Alhaji Abdulnaseer Bobboji, appealed to the Federal Government to assist the IDPs with building materials as many wanted to return to their homes but were faced with the challenge of shelter.
Bobboji also appealed to NEMA and SEMA to consider the provision of more relief items to Jalingo community which accommodated many IDPs from various local government areas of the state.
He thanked Governor Darius Ishaku for taking up the complaints of victims of communal crisis to the Federal Government, as well as he thanked the Federal Government for granting succour to the IDPs, adding that more still needed to be done.
The chairman urged the beneficiaries not to discriminate against non-indigenes in the IDPs camps in the course of sharing the relief materials, saying that Jalingo, as a state capital, has accommodated IDPs from various places.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to reporters said the materials would go a long way in cushioning the hardship associated with IDPs.
Mrs Dorathy Garba, another beneficiary, thanked the Federal Government for the gesture.