Borno State Emergency Management Agency has dismissed reports alleging that Internally Displaced Persons protested on lack of food at the Gubio IDPs Village and IDPs camp in Maiduguri.
The SEMA Chairperson, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo, told newsmen that the protest was not triggered by lack of food or starvation as speculated but as a result of the delay in the monthly household distribution of food by supporting humanitarian partners working at the camp.
Kolo explained that the agency is working with the World Food Programme, NEMA, International Committee of the Red Cross and Action Against Hunger to provide the monthly feeding and other activities in all the camps in Maiduguri.
She said that, SEMA’s responsibility is to provide condiments such as okro and other perishable items, while NEMA, WFP and Action Against Hunger provide other food items.
She explained that the IDPs in the camp were those displaced from Northern part of Kalabalge and Kukawa Local Government Areas of the state.
kolo said, they are doing what they could to ensure that proper welfare of the IDPs are met, but in a situation where to handle about 1.4 million IDPs at the same time, delay is bound to happen.
She also added, it is government’s responsibility, to provide durable solutions to conditions of the IDPs, especially water and other basic services, such as security, safety, welfare and dignity.