Seven out of the registered 48,348 Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, lost their lives in various camps in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, while two others had encountered psychiatric problem and were admitted at the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, treated and discharged.
This was disclosed by the vice chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Borno chapter, Reverend Father John Bakara and the Christian camp coordinator, Mr. Daniel Garga, at a one day stakeholders meeting organised by the director general, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Alhaji Sani Sidi, which took place at the Women Development Centre, Maiduguri, on Thursday.
The NEMA DG, who is the chairman of the occasion, was represented by the state coordinator of NEMA, Alhaji Muhammed Kanar.
The meeting served as a common platform for interaction and exchange of ideas, in order to enhance synergy and effective collaboration among humanitarian actors involved in emergency management in the state already ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency.
In his remarks, the secretary of Jama’atul Nasir Islam, JNI, Mallam Tijjani Modu while commending NEMA for living up to its expectations, also called on Borno State government through SEMA to construct additional toilet facilities at various camps in the state as shortage of toilets at NYSC camps, Government College, Yerwa, Teachers Village and other IDP camps would pose more danger to their health, especially now that the rainy season is fast approaching.
In the same vein, most of the coordinators of the camps who spoke at the occasion commended NEMA and SEMA for their efforts aimed at giving a sense of belonging to the IDPS, but however complained of lack of mosquito nets, bedding/mattresses, water and adequate security in the camps.
Responding, Alhaji Kanar promised that all their problems would be addressed in collaboration with SEMA.
Source: The Pilot