NEMA Officials at an IDP Camp Photo: File

Why IDPs reject NEMA’s foodstuffs in North-East

* Allege food contamination, negligence by Agency for months

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

For their alleged negligence over their plight for some time, the aggrieved Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Fufore International Transit Camp, in Adamawa State of Nigeria have rejected the foodstuffs the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) supplied to them.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the IDPs Wednesday, February 26 staged a protest over shortage of food in the camp

The Internally Displaced Persons at the camp alleged that the Agency had not supplied foods to them for four months.

Report further stated the Fufore International Transit Camp housing more than 1, 500 IDPs, is located near Fufore town, Fufore Local Government Area of Adamawa State, North-East of the country.

Malam Umar Bakura, Spokesperson of the IDPs, in Yola, Adamawa State capital, that they rejected the foodstuffs because it was contaminated and would not go round to all the IDPs.

“We are about 1,500 Internally Displaced Persons, including children, women, orphans and elderly people living in the Fufore Camp.

“There are over 200 households in the camp and NEMA used to supply a total of 660 bags of 25 kg and 330 bags of soybean of 25 kg among the households for the period of one month.

“But today (Friday, February 21) NEMA came with 220 contaminated rice of 25 kg and 300 bags of soybean of 25 kg each to share, which is one third of what they were giving us previously and we rejected it,” Bakura said.

While disclosing that they hailed from Bama, Gwoza and Gamboru in Borno State, he called on the Gov. (Prof.) Babagana Zulum of Borno State, to evacuate them back home.

Mr. Midala Anuhu, NEMA’s Operational Officer in charge of Adamawa and Taraba States, confirmed to the source that the Agency had transported the food items back to its store.

“The agency reviewed the distribution of the food items, where it sent about 226 bags of rice of 25 kg and about 300 bags of soybean of 25 kg to the IDPs.

“They (IDPs) rejected the food items. We pleaded with them to accept it (sic) but they refused and protested that what we supplied to them is not enough for them.

“So we evacuated the food items back to our store, because we have no choice,” Mr. Anuhu said.

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