By Ejike Ejike, Abuja

The Director General, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA , Engr. Mustapha Maihaja said the Federal Government has provided about Forty thousand Nine hundred and Five (40,905mt) metric tonnes of assorted grains (Maize, Soya Beans, Rice, Sorghum), for immediate distribution by NEMA, to displaced persons in the six states of the North East.

According to the director general, “from June to September, 2017, the Federal Government provided about Forty thousand Nine hundred and Five (40,905mt) metric tonnes of assorted grains (Maize, Soya Beans, Rice, Sorghum), for immediate distribution by NEMA, to displaced persons in the six states of the North East.

“This intervention is continuous till we are sure people remain at home to continue their lives in dignity, assured of their safety. My hope is that our interactions today will also open up yet-to-be explored opportunities to discuss the challenges of Recovery and Rehabilitation efforts in the North East.”

The DG made this known at an event to mark the 2017 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, with the theme: “Home Safe Home Reducing Exposure, Reducing Displacement‎” in Abuja on Friday.

Speaking further, Maihaja‎ said the 3th of October, is annually commemorated around the globe, as a day to raise the profile of disaster reduction, provide opportunity to discuss the overarching global challenge of disaster reduction and also encourage people and government to participate in building more resilient communities and Nations.

“The slogan for 2017 Celebration is ‘Home Safe Home Reducing Exposure, Reducing Displacement’.

“The celebration this year focuses on the primal importance of the home as a sanctuary and safe haven at all times, particularly in times of disasters, with special focus on preventing displacements. The campaign seeks to raise global awareness on effective actions, policies and practices taken and needed to reduce exposure to disaster risk at the community level thereby contributing to saving homes and livelihoods.

He however, lamented that in Nigeria, we are still faced with the repercussion of the massive displacement caused by the insurgency in the North East; and noted that “returning people to, and retaining safe homes remains a daunting task which this government has given the topmost priority. No Cost has been spared and the progress has been gradual and sustained.”

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