The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has begun its door-to-door distribution of 30,000 metric tonnes of emergency food intervention with Bakassi IDPs Camp in Maiduguri, Borno.
Mr Sanni Datti, Head of Media and Public Relations, NEMA made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
According to him, Mr Mustapha Maihaja, Director-General of NEMA, said that the door- to-door relief materials distribution would be done quarterly.
Datti said that the Director-General made the commitment during a meeting with officials of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Maiduguri.
Maihaja was quoted to have said that the agency under his watch was determined to bring sanity to humanitarian intervention by adopting the door-to-door distribution in order to serve the affected persons in dignity.
He said that this is to avoid subjecting the IDPs to stress and standing in long queues under the sun or rain.
He said that the emergency relief items which includes: Millet, Sorghum, Bean, Rice, Soya beans, and Maize would be distributed to IDPs in the camps and host communities.
Maihaja said that the relief items would be distributed across the insurgency affected states of the North East which are Borno, Yobe Adamawa, Taraba, Gombe and Bauchi states.
The NEMA DG called for the assistance and collaboration of UN humanitarian organisations to ensure the success of the programme.
“We will like to share with you what we have in this project and where we want humanitarian actors here in the North east to collaborate with us.
” This is to ensure that this programme remains a success,” Maihaja said.
Datti said that some of the beneficiaries at Bakassi IDPs camp expressed their happiness and appreciated the Federal Government for bringing sufficient foods to their doorsteps.
They, however, appealed for continuation of the programme.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on June 9, Acting President Yemi Osibanjo inaugurated the distribution of the Special relief intervention of 30,000 metric tonnes of cereals to IDPs in the North East.
The commencement of the door to door distribution of the emergency relief items was a kick-off to the project. (NAN)