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NEMA presents evidence to counters Reps’ claims

The management of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, says the alleged claims of violation of public trust against it by the House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and disaster preparedness report was not true.

The House of Representatives, at its plenary on 8th November 2018, received the Report of the House Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness on the alleged violation of public trust against the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)

The Agency says it had become necessary to adequately inform Nigerians of what truly happened and Nigerians need to be rest assured that NEMA will always remain for the distressed.

The agency stated that the findings by the committee against the agency did not reflect facts placed before it.

NEMA says for the period May to October 2018, when the Federal Government Emergency Food Intervention for the North East was being implemented, the World Food Programme net-funding requirement was $230 Million.

According to NEMA, the Peoples Republic of China donated 6,779 metric tonnes of rice to Nigeria as part of its support to the North East humanitarian efforts.

This is equivalent to 135,550 units of 50kg bags of rice. In total, 271 containers, arrived at Apapa Port from China in 5 shipments between June and October 2017.

“The total cost of Shipping and storage charges for the 271 containers was N518 million, We have all the receipts to prove this. The actual cost of the donated rice is N2.24 billion (50.05 Million Chinese Yuan)”.

The Chinese Rice was used for monthly feeding of the IDPs specifically in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States with balance in stock at Gombe, Bauchi and Taraba. The statement stated.

In the case of Flood intervention in 12 States which was covered in the legislative report, N1.6 billion was released after the flood had occurred at different times in the respective States.

NEMA says Evidence of receipt of the items by the respective State Governments is available.

The Federal Government approved the release of 5,000MT to World Food Programme (WFP) upon their request in May 2017.

The 5,000MT given to WFP attracted some associated logistics cost, which was paid by them in recognition of Government effort in meeting the need of the IDPs.

Also, Two Thousand, One Hundred and Thirty (2,130) Nigerian stranded in Libya were evacuated during the operation carried out between 26th December 2017 and 22nd February 2018.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior, Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Air Force, National Intelligence Agency, Department of State Security, NAPTIP, National Commission for Refugees, relevant State Governments all participated in the process.

Alternative arrangements were made to evacuate the remaining Nigerians trapped in the Militia-controlled area. We worked leveraging on the existing MoU between NEMA and International Office for Migration (IoM).

The Agency says this operation was highly successful with prudent fund management after which the unspent balance was returned to the coffers of Government.

The sum of N102,714,095.00 and $4,864,224.00 was graciously approved by Mr. President for the entire project and the balance of N11,039,555.00 and $2,528,073.00 was returned to the Treasury respectively.

The projects and programmes above presented are properly documented; Waybills, SRVs, SIVs, and stubs where vouchers were used are all available.

NEMA says it will continue to execute its mandate as required by the law.

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