The North East Development Commission (NEDC) on Friday distributed relief materials to Customs House Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) whose valuables were lost to a recent fire outbreak in Maiduguri, Borno State.
The relief materials which include truckloads of foodstuff, cooking utensils, clothing and blankets were handed over to 4000 affected persons.
Addressing the beneficiaries at the IDP camp located on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Managing Director of NEDC, Mohammed Alkali, disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari is deeply concerned about the plight of the IDPs and ordered immediate action to provide succour to the affected persons.
“This incident happened about two days ago, and the president directed the ministry of humanitarian affairs to immediately provide the support that could contain the situation while we still work on what we had set out to do in returning the IDPs to original homes. The minister directed that we visit the camp and assess what is on the ground and then provide what is needed to calm the situation.
“By our core mandate, the NEDC is here as an intervention agency to help the people go back to normal life. Unfortunately, we have incidents like this happening, which prompted us to also provide humanitarian supports to the victims,” Alkali said
The NEDC added that each household is going to get two bags of rice, two pieces of blanket, two pieces of the mat, two wrappers for the women, and two packets of macaroni, a 5-litre cooking oil, and pieces of clothing for all.
“We learnt that there are about 688 households that were affected by the fire incident and all of the affected persons will get this support,“ the MD said.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Executive Director of Humanitarian services of the NEDC, Musa Yashi, said though the NEDC now provides immediate humanitarian service, which was not the commission’s earlier projection.
“Our initial aim was to contend with only physical infrastructural development of the northeast. But we discovered that this incidental cases of the disaster continue to recur.
“We do not have long term plans of curtailing disasters like this, but as an intervention agency, we will make sure that whenever problems like this happen we will make sure respond accordingly. And this we do in collaboration with other sister agencies like NEMA SEMA and so on. The NEDC, like the MD, has said is always ready to take care of unforeseen situations like this even though we don’t pray they recur,” Yashi said.
The beneficiaries commended the NEDC for their timely intervention saying the gesture will go along to alleviating their hardship.
“I’m very happy with this relief materials, and we’re grateful to the NEDC for coming to aide since this fire outbreak occurred” Bata Musa, one of the beneficiaries said.
Recall that three persons, including a 3-year-old girl, were killed last Tuesday when fire engulfs the Customs House IDP camp leaving 688 households displaced.