The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has distributed relief materials to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) who were affected by the recent Boko Haram/ Joint Task Force (JTF) clash in Kaleri, Budum and Gwange wards of Maiduguri, Borno state.
Distributing the relief materials at the wards, the zonal coordinator North-east, Alhaji Aliyu Bello, said that the incidents were unfortunate and the agency and the Federal Government deemed it necessary to assist and sympathise with the victims.
He said 264 housewives, 670 children, and 46 widows from 141 families benefitted from the relief materials in Budun, where 35 vehicles and 55 shops were burnt in the blast.
The NEMA boss stated that in Kaleri, 29 houses, 6 motorcycles and a car were destroyed, and pointed out that 72 families, 256 children 79 orphans benefitted from the Federal Government’s gesture.
Also, he said seven widows, 18 orphans and 78 families were beneficiaries from Gwange IV ward of the metropolis,and stressed that though the gesture was a palliative measure, soon the agency will commence the second phase of the distribution.
“each family was given a bag of rice and millet, a quarter bag of sugar, wrappers, plastic buckets, cups, detergents, soaps, mattresses, mats, towels, sanitary pads, diapers among other materials.
The agency, in collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Federal Neuro-psychiatric Hospital medical team offered free medical and psychological check-up to those affected by the crisis. Drugs were also distributed free.
Speaking to newsmen, a beneficiary, Malama Sauda, thanked the Federal Government and all those who came to their aid, and prayed God to reward them abundantly, and that though her husband was killed in the unfortunate incident, God, in His infinite mercy, would grant his soul eternal rest.
The village head, Mallam Musa Mohammed Kaleri, thanked NEMA and other collaborating agencies for coming to their aid and also called on the beneficiaries to make good used of the items given to them.