As attacks continue, NEMA has found it increasingly difficult to reach those in need.
By Iro Dan Fulani
Emergency effort in three northeast states worst hit by Boko Haram violence, have been badly affected by widespread insecurity, occasioned by incessant attacks by gunmen in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has said.
Speaking to newsmen in Yola, the Adamawa state capital, the northeast coordinator of the agency, Mohammed Kanar, said fear about the volatile situation in the three states are, had affected operations in parts of Borno and Yobe states as emergency workers could not reach some affected communities that were ransacked or attacked.
“We have treaded with caution because some places are no-go areas,’’ Mr Kanar said, adding that the gesture to assist the affected communities, was in compliance with the directives given by President Goodluck Jonathan.
“As you know the president has directed that measures should be taken to cushion the effect of the state of emergency. Even before the president’s directive, the director general of the agency, Mohammed Sani Sidi, had directed us to act.
“So we organized direct distribution of relief materials to victims and those in places where the insurgency activities affected.”
He explained that in Borno state, relief materials were distributed in places like Maiduguri, Marte, Baga, Gwoza and Bama, while that of Damboa would be done at a later date.
“In Yobe we gave relief materials in places like Gashua, Damaturu and Potiskum while in Adamawa we presented in Yola, Mubi and some other places,” Mr Kanar said.
On the issue of flood, the coordinator said all necessary arrangements had put in place to contain the threat in the sub-region.
“We have identified safer grounds and camps for communities under threat. In Adamawa for instance we have 10 sites in Yola alone,” he said.
Mr Kanar said for now the flooding has started along the Komadugu-Yobe River affecting farmland in Jakusko and Mobbar Local Government areas of Yobe and Borno respectively.
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