Victims of banditry get NEMA’s support in Niger

By Rita Iliya
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday donated relief materials to victims of armed bandit attacks in four local government areas of Niger.
The Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed, during the distribution of the items to victims in Kontgoara said that they were approved by President Muhammadu Buhari to cushion effects of the attacks.
He said that on receiving report on the incidents, NEMA Minna Operations Office was activated to conduct an assessment to determine the extent of damage and level of Federal Government’s assistance to the affected persons.
Ahmed said the affected communities were across Kontgoara, Mariga, Magama, Mashegu and Wushishi Local Government Areas where many lives were lost, many displaced, property and livelihoods were destroyed in the attacks.
He said that the relief items included 1,500 bags rice (10kg), 1,500 bags of maize (10kg), 1,500 bags of beans (10kg), 150 kegs of vegetable oil (20ltrs), 250 cartons seasoning cube,  75 bags of salt (20kg) and 125 cartons of tin tomato.
Other items were 1,200 bags of cement, 1, 000 pieces of ceiling boards,  800 bundles of roofing sheets, 60 bags of nails (25kg), 300 packets of zinc nails, 1,000 pieces of mattresses and 1,000 pieces of mosquitoes treated nets.
He added that other relief materials were 1,000 pieces of nylon mats, 1,000 pieces of blankets, 1,000 pieces of guinea brocade, 1,500 pieces of children’s wears, 1,000 pieces of women’s wears, 1,000 pieces of men’s wears,  200 cartons of toilet soap and 200 cartons of detergent.
The director-general said that the items were to complement the efforts of what the Niger government was doing and other corporate organisations and spirited individuals in providing succour to the affected persons.
Responding, the Emir of Kontagora, Alhaji Mohammed Barau,  appreciated the Federal Government for the intervention, adding that there was need to address the security challenges to enable the people to return to their homes.
Also, Member, House of Representatives, representing Mariga, Kontagora, Mashegu and Magama, Rep. Abdullahi Garba, appreciated NEMA for the prompt response in delivering the relief items to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the director-general was accompanied by the Director, Relief and Rehabilitation of NEMA, Alhaji Alhassan Nuhu.(NAN)

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