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BORNO IDPs CRY OUT

(Last Updated On: March 21, 2017)

 

By Gbenga Gbelee

 

As they struggle to keep body and soul together having survived terrorism

attacks which claimed their homes and communities, Internally Displaced

Persons in Maiduguri, Borno state capital have appealed to the State

Government to critically review and improve upon their current feeding

arrangements.

Some of the victims who spoke with newsmen at the Teacher’s Village

camp in Maiduguri said the current feeding arrangement in the camp was

no longer favourable.

The IDPs particularly alleged that the food meant for them is being

diverted by the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).

One of the inmates, Hajia Falmata Bukar noted that the commendable

efforts of the Federal and Borno state Governments in making adequate

provision for their feeding was being frustrated by the SEMA officials.

According to her, SEMA officials have failed to supply food to the IDPs

for about six weeks despite complaints thereby leaving them to starve.

She claimed that the recent provision made by the SEMA officials was

because of the visit by officials from the United Nation’s Security Council,

one she still described as insufficient.

Hajia Bukar said when central cooking was abolished for the IDPs, they

were very happy, because they thought all IDPs would get enough food to

feed their families.

She however expressed regrets that the challenges associated with their

feeding have persisted as the food ration usually supplied to households is

grossly inadequate.

Another IDP, Mallam Jumai Maisalati corroborated the claim saying that

the problem had forced some IDPs to beg for food outside the camp to

survive.

They therefore appealed to the governor to intervene and ensure Justice.

Another IDP, Mallam Musa Bello in his words with journalists

recommended that feeding of victims in IDP camps be handed over to the

World Food Program (WFP).

He also called for the removal of top management of SEMA, accusing them

of mismanagement.

In a reaction to the allegations of mismanagement and diversion of supplies

meant for the IDP camps levelled against them, the Chairman, Borno State

Emergency Management Agency, Mallam Ahmad Satomi denied the

allegation of diversion of food items meant for IDPs.

He described the allegation as untrue and insisted that none of the officials

of the agency has engaged in the diversion of supplies meant for the IDP

camps.

He also accused some of the Internally Displaced Persons of selling their

food ration as soon as they were given and resort to complaining of hunger.