The Government of Turkey has offered to support the on-going humanitarian intervention in communities affected by security challenges through partnership with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to bring more soccour to the displaced persons in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.
The Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. Mustafa Pulat disclosed this at the weekend during his visit to the headquarters of NEMA in Abuja. He said in the desire to support the humanitarian efforts, a delegation from his country will soon arrive Nigeria towards the actualization of the kind gesture.
He requested the partnership of NEMA with the Turkish authorities to identify the priority areas of the humanitarian needs to assist the affected communities, especially to support the displaced persons. The Ambassador acknowledged the efforts of the Federal Government at addressing both the security challenge as well as providing succour to the affected communities, noting that the offer of support by Turkey was in the spirit of international solidarity with the government and people of Nigeria.
The Director General of NEMA Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi who received the Ambassador appreciated the offer of the humanitarian supports from the Turkish Government and promised to convey the message to the appropriate authorities. He said from inception of the security challenge to date, the Federal Government through the National Emergency Management Agency has continued to provide relief assistance to the affected communities.
He also said the offer of support from the Government of Turkey as well as the other international bodies would further relief the affected communities and persons and quicken their recovery. Citing the recent humanitarian assessment jointly carried out by NEMA with The United Nations agencies, he said though some of the IDPs were living in a number camps, most of them were found to be living with relations and friends in various host communities.