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FG to address incessant fire outbreaks in IDP camps

Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum alongside Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq during the ministers visit at Muna El-Badawi IDPs camp recently gutted by fire in Jere local government area of the state. Photo: Dauda Iliya RN.

The Federal Government says it is evolving new strategy that will prioritise fire prevention and mitigation approach to avert incessant fire outbreaks in IDP camps across the country. 

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq stated this when she paid a sympathy visit to Borno state Governor Professor Babagana Zulum over the recent fire outbreak at Muna El-Badawi camp in Jere local government area of the state.

Incidences of fire outbreaks have become a recurring phenomenon in internally displaced persons camps in Borno state. 

some of the victims of fire outbreak at the Muna El-Badawi IDPs Camp in Jere Local Government Area of Borno state. Photo: Dauda Iliya (Radio Nigeria).

For instance, in the last five months, four IDP camps were razed by fire in Monguno, Mafa, Ngala and the recent one in Muna El-Badawi camp in Jere local government area which has affected over one thousand six hundred families. 

This informed the visit by the minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq to Maiduguri to sympathise and present relief items to the victims.

The Minister while on a courtesy visit to Governor Babagana Zulum said a framework is being developed to address challenges of the fire disaster. 

Relief of the relief items presented by NEMA to the victims of the fire disaster at Muna El-Badawi IDPs Camp in Jere Local Government Area of Borno state. Photo: Dauda Iliya (Radio Nigeria).

According to her, the construction of ten thousand housing units would soon commence for the resettlement and recovery of victims of insurgency in the state.

Borno state Governor Professor Babagana Zulum thanked the minister for her visit and also appreciated NEMA for the quick response.

Governor Zulum observed that the only solution to incidences of fire outbreaks is the construction of a permanent shelter for the displaced. 

The Minister and her entourage accompanied by state Governor then visited the scene of disaster where Hajiya Sadiya Farouq extended President Muhammadu Buhari’s condolences over the unfortunate incident.

She also presented relief materials which comprised of mattresses, clothing, building materials and food items to the affected victims. 

Some of the affected IDPs, Aisha Ladan and Babagana Kyari thanked the federal government for the assistance. 

Radio Nigeria reports that the minister who was accompanied by the Director-General National Emergency Management Agency NEMA Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Muhammadu retired.

Dauda Iliya

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