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Boko Haram: 90% Of IDP Camps Closed Down –NEMA

Posted: Jun 26, 2015 at 2:36 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Udom, Lagos

THE Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mohammad Sani-Sidi, has said that with the successes so far recorded by the military in the Boko Haram war in the north-eastern part of Nigeria, more Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps have been collapsed and closed down.

Sani-Sidi dropped this hint when the Executive Secretary of the newly established Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC), Air Commodore Yusuf Anas (rtd), paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja.

According to him, “following the successes being recorded by the gallant Nigerian military who are prosecuting the counter insurgency operation, some IDP camps have been closed or collapsed.

In Adamawa State for instance the camps have been collapsed from eleven to six. It is expected that more camps in other affected areas will be collapsed or closed as soon as it is practicable.

“There are currently 22 camps in operation while about 1.4 million IDPs have been recorded by the government.

“Of this number of IDPs, ninety percent are victims of insurgency while majority of them are from Borno State.”

The DG who described the establishment of the Centre for Crisis Communication as timely said information and communication are critical in disaster management.

He stated that NEMA would not only collaborate with centre but be a part and parcel of it, noting that he is encouraged by the caliber of people that will drive the process.

Earlier in his remark, Anas has said that the core objectives of the centre was to provide needed support and intervention in crisis information management.

He added: “The centre will also provide coordinated platform for early warning alerts, timely response to crisis situation and sensitisation efforts.

“The centre will engage in capacity building, research and management of crisis communication.”

He further disclosed that the centre would soon commence researches on major natural and man-induced disasters in Nigeria with a view to proffering a comprehensive strategy for ameliorating the challenges.