The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has enumerated and validated 373,479 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) under the Federal Government Emergency Food Intervention programme.
The figure includes 63,966 households in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states, a statement from NEMA says.
A situation report update released this week gives a state by state breakdown. They are: 144,406 IDPs representing 24,068 households in Yobe State, in Adamawa, has 17,892 IDPs representing 4,656 households; while balance 211,451 representing 35,242 households are in Borno state in the on-going.exercise.
NEMA in partnership with the State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs), Volunteers and some IDPs in the past one-month have been enumerating and distributing food items to the affected persons at their doorsteps.
The foods distribution, which started in Borno, haso far reached 18,000 households in Teachers Village, Bakassi, Dalori II, Magcolis and Goni Kachalari IDP camps while the distribution is still on going in CAN EYN and Farm Centre IDP camps.
The enumeration in Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba states is starting this week according to the report.
The report stressed that “one of the critical aspects of the intervention was to identify and confirm the number of displaced persons in various states in the North East for effective planning and the need to verify same to ensure effectiveness of the programmes”.
Since the commencement of the exercise, according to the report, no loss or diversion of food items have been recorded. An unprecedented delivery success rate have been achieved.
The report also identified delays in the conversion of maize to masavita and masaflour for the convenience of the IDPs; acquiring new warehouses; and the rainy season which affects the smooth distribution of food item as part of the challenges facing the ambitious programme.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had on June 8, 2017 flagged off the food distribution project in Maiduguri, Borno State, marking the introduction of the Door-to-Door food distribution system in the management of IDPs in Nigeria.