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NEMA Shuts Down Six IDP Camps as it Celebrates World Humanitarian Day
- By: Maktoub Magazine
- August 19, 2016
The Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mohammad Sani Sidi, has announced the shutting down of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Northeast states of Yobe and Adamawa.
The DG made this known while addressing a Press Conference to mark this year’s World Humanitarian Day in Abuja on Friday.
He said: “We have camps in Yobe, Adamawa and Borno states but as we mark this day, I want to tell you that most of the camps have been closed down.
“Most of the remaining camps are in Maiduguri and over one million of the IDPs in Nigeria are from Borno state alone.
“We have 26 formal camps in Maiduguri but displaced persons in the camps in other states are voluntarily going back home. I can tell you that almost 40% of the camps have been closed.”
Sidi noted that added that there were still some 80,000, 26,000 and 55,000 Nigerians in refugee camps in Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic respectively.
On appropriate measures taken to ensure their safe return, he said: “We don’t want to remove them from one camp to the other, hence we need to complete the rehabilitation of their communities before we encourage them to return.”
The NEMA boss paid tributes to those who died on humanitarian duties in the Northeast, saying five NEMA staff were killed after a bomb attack on a camp in Yola on September 11, 2015 while a UN convoy was attacked on their way from Bama recently.
“This [tribute] is bigger than any millions and all over the world; no compensation is paid to families of humanitarian workers” Sani said.