Boko Haram: Nigeria spends N1.5 billion on displaced people – Official

A woman walks past burnt houses in the aftermath of what Nigerian authorities said was heavy fighting between security forces and Islamist militants in Baga, a fishing town on the shores of Lake Chad, adjacent to the Chadian border, April 21, 2013. The bloody gun battle against Islamist insurgents in Nigeria last week involved forces from neighbouring Chad and Niger, officials said on Tuesday, as West African countries increasingly view jihadist groups as a cross-border threat. There was no confirmation of the death toll from Friday's fighting, but a Nigerian military source said dozens may have died, many of them civilians. The Nigerian Red Cross said it was checking reports from locals that 187 people had died, but had still not obtained security clearance to go into Baga. Picture taken April 21, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer (NIGERIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) - RTXZ0PR

The Federal Government has expended over N1.5 billion on the provision of relief materials to people displaced by activities of insurgents in three states in Northern Nigeria, an official said on Saturday.

Muhammed Kanar, the Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency, North-East Zone, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the materials were distributed by the committee inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said that the agency had registered thousands of Internally Displaced Persons, IDP, affected by activities of insurgents in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

The coordinator said that the agency and other appropriate ministries had met over displaced Nigerians who fled to Cameroon, Niger and Chad Republic, with a view to render some assistance to them.

He said that the Federal Government had ordered reconstruction of the Chibok Secondary School in Borno State, where over 200 female students were abducted by insurgents in April.

Mr. Kanar said that the reconstruction of the school was part of the government’s effort to repair areas affected by insurgency attacks in the North-East region.

“The Federal Government has sent a powerful experts committee to study how Chibok Girls Secondary School will be reconstructed.

“And beside that, Government has spent over N1.5 billion on relief materials to the Internally Displaced Persons affected by insurgent attacks in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states,’’ the NEMA official said.

He advised IDPs who have not registered with the agency to go to the nearest camp and register in order to receive relief materials.

(NAN)


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  • Truthometer

    For where? Dumbo and his dirty wrecking crew can’t just stop stealing.

  • Dr. Kay

    Is that not your mandate? Why put monetary value on people’s suffering. They’ve lost family members, properties and peace of mind. In a civilized society part of the budget is for disaster and internal displacement funds, so I don’t get this nonsense of putting value on our compatriots discomfort, by the way the amount is even too small.

  • Wähala

    Govt. of liars and lies…
    Shamelessly stealing from the dead with any excuse. Spent N1.5bn on who? Ugly Marilyn Ogar recently ordered mass arrests of civilian vounteers who went to bury victims of the latest Boko Haram attacks and offer help to displaced persons there yet, here is Dumbo claiming he has spent money helping victims of his incompetence. The UN last put the figures of externally displaced Nigerians (EDP) at 750,000… how much help have those Nigerians received in Chad, Niger and Cameroon? Dumbo will peg it at N10bn and pocket the money for his re-election fantasies. Crook in fake fedora… drunkard!

  • Reality

    Reconstructing Chibok School while the surrounding localities are still govern by Boko haram, pls secure Gwoza,Bama, Gamboru Ngala, Dikwa,Mafa and the Abadam that was taking just a day when FG decleared a fake cease fire with Boko boys. This is a tactical manouver to continue stealing public fund and for the killing to continue. God save Nigeria/Nigerians.