We Got N200 Million In Four Years For IDPs While Adamawa Got N4.5 Billion – Borno State Emergency Agency Boss

Grema Terab, Chairman, Borno State Emergency Management Agency
Grema Terab, Chairman, Borno State Emergency Management Agency

Musdafa Ilo, Maiduguri

Despite being the worst hit by Boko Haram insurgency, Borno State only received N200 million from the Federal Government in four years, while Adamawa State got about N4.5 billion, the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, boss, Grema Terab, has disclosed.

Grema made the disclosure in an interview with our reporter and said without the intervention of foreign donor agencies, the state would be overwhelmed by number of internally displaced person.

“In the past four years, we have not gotten a good deal because what we received in the last four years was just N200 million and our counterpart, Adamawa, that was not as hit as Borno state, with about six local governments affected, received about N4.5 billion.

“We had 20 out of 27 local governments captured and we are the worst hit. If you go to Bama, you will see how it was destroyed. Even N10 billion cannot rebuild Bama. The activities of NEMA and other federal government agencies like the Presidential Initiatives on the Northeast and many others were brought to participate very well in Adamawa, a state that is not the worst hit.”

The state government, Terab said, had to rely a lot on the likes of Red Cross, UNICEF and Doctors without Borders.

“Without their contributions and assistance I do not think the government of Nigeria, with the way we have handled ourselves in the last four years, can overcome this crisis in terms of fighting and overcoming these insurgents, taking care of the IDPs, rebuilding, restructuring, rehabilitating and resettling the IDPs to their various localities at the same time is not going to be an easy thing for the government,” he said.




    The state emergency boss said with the economic crisis, occasioned by the sharp dip in oil price, a situation that has left several states unable to pay salaries, the state government is trying to reduce the cost of managing the IDP camps. According to him, the government currently spends about N3.5 million daily and plans to bring it down to about N1.6 million.

    “We spend about N3.5 million on maintenance and condiments – onions, fish, beans, tomatoes, hot and sweet pepper, seasonings, palm oil, groundnut oil, firewood, water and other essential needs of the kitchen – apart from the food items on a daily. Logistics like transporting the food items to the various camps and our ambulances, trucks, labourers are all built into this money. The government is trying to reduce it to a minimum of about N1.5 or N1.6 million,” he explained.

    Borno State has over 10 camps housing about 100, 000 displaced persons, but this number keeps rising due to the influx of more people, especially those hosted by relatives and members of the communities. Terab explained that this may be because the hosts are getting tired of accommodating and feeding the displaced persons, which they thought would only be temporary.

    “The displaced persons who were taking refuge in the host communities are now coming into the IDPs camps. Some of them have exhausted their rent and some of the people hosting them in some of these communities are tired of taking care of them. Just last week we received about 400 IDPs into the Mafa camp, about 300 into Kukawa camp, about 400 into Monguno camp and also a large number of people into Bama camp,” said Terab.

     

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