More Displaced Persons Camps Closed Down
More displaced persons camps in the North-east, have been closed down the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has said.
The agency’s director general, Sani Sidi, made this known when he hosted the executive secretary of the newly established Centre for Crisis Communication, CCC, Yusuf Anas, a retired air commodore.
Sidi said that the camps were being closed due to the successes recoded against Boko Haram insurgents, adding that majority of the displaced persons are insurgency-related and from Borno State.
“Following the successes being recorded by the gallant Nigerian military who are prosecuting the counter insurgency operation, some IDP camps have been closed or collapsed. In Adamawa State for instance the camps have been collapsed from eleven to six. It is expected that more camps in other affected areas will be collapsed or closed as soon as it is practicable,” Sidi stated.
The emergency agency boss said further that establishing the CCC was timely and would go a long way in providing useful information in crisis management, especially in a society like Nigeria where social media contributes to the spread of false and inaccurate information. He added that NEMA will fully collaborate with the Centre.
Responding, Yusuf Anas explained what the centre seeks to achieve. According to him, the Centre “will also provide coordinated platform for early warning alerts, timely response to crisis situation and sensitization efforts. The centre will engage in capacity building, research and management of crisis communication,” adding that researches into causes of disasters, especially man-made, will soon commence with the aim of providing strategy for dealing with the situations.