For comprehensive humanitarian assistance in communities affected by the state of emergency in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has began to rally organizations interested in the relief intervention to build necessary synergy for effective and efficient reach to the communities.
Director General of NEMA Alhaji Mohammed Sani Sidi disclosed this in Abuja when he received a delegation from United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) led by the Resident Country Representative Ms Angele Dikangu-Atangana. He said it was important for the humanitarian organizations to work together and identifying the realistic needs of the people and how to assist them.
He said organizations intending to offer relief assistance to the affected communities have been requested to come forward to identify with NEMA to harmonize with the actual needs and available opportunities to avoid unnecessary duplication and misplaced efforts among the government agencies, international organizations and local NGOs.
Sani Sidi said from the onset of the security challenges, the Agency has been distributing relief assistance to the communities and would continue to do so as directed by the President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan to provide succour to the people while efforts are being made to restore normalcy to the areas.
He commended the UNHCR team that recently visited some areas where the people had been displaced by the security challenge and responding to the request for supports towards humanitarian intervention in the communities.
The Country Representative of UNHCR Ms Dikangu-Atangana said the it was prepared to offer assistance in the terms of camp coordination, camp management and human capacity development.