… 70,000 people to benefit with cash transfer and foods assistance from WFP
The Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Muhammad Sani Sidi has commended the efforts of World Food Programme (WFP) for the ongoing cash transfer programme and foods distribution in the North East by the organisation. He stated this when the Executive Director of WFP visited him in his office.
“ Let me use this opportunity to commend your leadership style and initiative of the World Food Programme officials here in Nigeria even though you don’t even have an office, I think you should have an office now that we are facing this serious challenges and for the continued support” he said.
He said the insurgence activities in the North East has led to socio-economic stagnation, breakdown of means of livelihood for the majority of the people and the unprecedented destruction of properties and infrastructures.
Sani Sidi said the Federal Government of Nigeria through the National Emergency Management Agency has put in place other program and policies to assist victims of insurgency, like Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE), Victim Support Fund and has also consistently provided support to the IDPs and their host communities in collaboration with affected state government.
The Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP) Ms Ertharin Cousin appreciated the partnership and assured of the continued support to Nigerian government.
She said “We have performed the first cash based transfer and food assistance this month to the approximately Five Thousand people and work together with you over the next six months to increase to seventy-thousand”.