The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says the agency is willing to support the Niger State government in the provision of emergency relief to over 5, 000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), who are victims of banditry.
He added the agency will continue to offer support to disaster-affected persons nationwide.
Ahmed while commending the Niger State government for being alert to the 2023 flood prediction, said “Every necessary action should be taken to mitigate against the anticipated impact of flood disaster.”
He further assured the Niger State Government of the Agency’s resolve to provide the necessary support to mitigate the impact of banditry and other disasters.
Earlier, the deputy governor of Niger state, Yakubu Garba, said banditry has led to the displacement of no less than 5,000 persons in the state.
“Banditry is a security matter, but we have done our best to ensure that those displaced by insecurity have temporary shelter.
“We have about 5,000 to 6,000 IDPs, and the number is still rising, but God willing, we are doing everything humanly possible to ensure the situation is curtailed”, he said.
“I am also at NEMA head office to discuss about how the State Government and the NEMA can work together towards mitigating against the likelihood of flood as contained in the 2023 seasonal climate prediction and annual flood outlook,” he said.
He acknowledged continuous relief support delivered by NEMA to the state but said more were still needed for the displaced persons, especially to cater for their basic needs.