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NEMA distributes 4,905 Metric Tonnes in Food to displaced people in North East


From June to September 2017, the Federal Government provided 4, 905 metric tonnes of assorted grains for immediate distribution by the National Emergency Management Agency to displaced persons in the six States of the North East.
This was announced by the agency’s Director General Mr. Mustapha Maihaja in Abuja. He was speaking at the commemoration of the 2017 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) with the theme, “Home safe home: reducing exposure, reducing displacement.”
Maihaja said that the food distribution is an intervention that will continue until the agency determines that the people can live their lives in dignity and assured of safety.
Also speaking at the occasion, Dr. Habibat Lawal, Acting Secretary General of the Federation (SGF) said that this year’s theme was apt considering the current situation of flooding, conflict and displacement in the country.
Lawal, who was represented by Mr. Roy Ugo, Permanent Secretary, General Services office of the SGF, cited flood disasters, the current insurgency in the North-East and the recent spread of epidemics as proof that Nigeria requires urgent support has proved beyond doubt that Nigeria requires support and must scale up her capacities in disaster risk management, preparedness and effectiveness recovery.
Lawal said that this year’s celebration was a continuation of the Sendai campaign for DRR which was endorsed by the United Nations Member States in March 2015. She said that the framework aims at a substantial global reduction in disaster risk and losses of lives, livelihood, economic, social and environmental by the year 2030.
She added that this year’s celebration was centered on the second of global target of the agreement which seeks to substantially reduce the number of people affected by disaster globally by the year 2030.

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