Flags off a pilot programme on the Safe School Initiative
The Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Muhammad Sani Sidi, who is the chairman of the committee, said the committee was set up by Mr. President due to his concern for the growing numbers of displacement recorded in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa to alleviate their suffering and improve the welfare of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the states. He stated that the committee has successfully concluded its assignment by delivering adequate food and non food and other items required at the camps.
In one of the camps, NYSC Orientation Camp, Yola, the Director General said there are about 4578 IDPs comprising of 2664 males, 1229 females and 585 children. He appealed to the IDPs that are still living in the host communities to come out and register so that they too could be properly catered for.
Flagging off the distribution, the Hon. Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, who represented the President, said they were in the state to sympathize with the Government and to support the efforts of the state in ensuring that all the IDPs are properly taken care of as the matter was top on the agenda of Mr. President. She further stated that the Federal Government, through the Safe School Initiative is determined to ensure that all the children of displaced persons and others go to school in an environment that is safe, and that a team has been in Adamawa State to identify some of the schools for the immediate take off of the programme.
Earlier, during a courtesy visit by the delegation to the palace of Lamido Adamawa, Dr. Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Mustapha, he appreciated the good and sympathetic gesture by the Mr. President by taking care of people who were affected by either the activities of the insurgents or natural disasters and appealed for the sustenance of the supports.
The team, which was led by the Minister of Finance, included the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Hajiya Zainab Maina and the Minister of Youth Development and former Governor of Adamawa State, Boni Haruna.