The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Tuesday said that it had commenced the distribution of dresses to children in the 22 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Maiduguri, Borno, ahead of the Sallah.
Mr Ezeh Eugene, NEMA’s Director of Relief Rehabilitation, disclosed this while flagging off the distribution of the materials in Maiduguri.
Eugene said that the distribution followed a directive by Vice-President Yemi Osibanjo after his visit to the camps in last month.
He said that the Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Sani Sidi, and Vice-President Yemi Osinbanjo came to Maiduguri to visit the IDPs camps to see how they were being managed.
“Worried by what they saw, especially the kind of clothes the kids in the camps were putting on, they directed that sewing machines be made available to tailors in the camps,” he said.
Eugene added that Sidi further directed that new sets of clothes be provided for the children for the upcoming Sallah celebration.
“After assessing the situation, we were directed to add the ready-made clothes for the kids in the camps,especially, as the Sallah celebration is coming.
“The idea is for the kids to be wearing the clothes so they can look better during the celebration and not just keep them away,” he said.
In his remarks, Alhaji Mohammad Kanar, the NEMA Zonal Coordinator, said that the agency had already provided a pair of dresses to all the women and children at the camps.
“So far, we have been able to provide at least one pair of dresses to women and children in all the IDPs’ camps through the sewing-machine initiative.
“We are in the process of accomplishing the same task for the male folks,” Kanar said.
“But, we realised that Sallah is around the corner, so the NEMA Director-General directed that we should provide ready-made dresses to all the children in the camps to enable them celebrate,“he said.
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