Saturday, 20 August 2016

NEMA Reassures On North-East Development

The Director General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi, has reiterated the agency's commitment to the deployment of natural and human capital to the North-east to ensure permanent peace and sustainable development of the region.


Sidi said in a goodwill message through a representative at a workshop on the rights of civilians in armed conflict organised by Global Rights in Abuja yesterday, that the effort was to restore the past glory of the region ravaged by Boko Haram attacks.

"The federal government is sincerely committed to the deployment of the vast natural and human capital of the North-east in order to ensure peace and progress of the region," he said.

This according to him would be achieved especially with the current liberation of the vast territories hitherto occupied by Boko Haram insurgents.

The director general who was represented by Alhaji Alasan Nuhu said NEMA had been working with relevant actors in driving the sustainable rehabilitation, reconstruction and recovery of the North-east.

He said the indiscriminate attacks by Boko Haram had made civilians vulnerable targets.

This he said, called for conscious evaluation of existing policies to protect the right of civilians.

He maintained that the federal government through NEMA had continued to work towards the protection of the rights of citizens during crisis in collaboration with relevant actors.

He said the agency had set up humanitarian cells and maintained humanitarian corridors in the region to support the affected population.

The workshop provided a platform for discussions and deliberations on protection of the rights of civilians during conflicts.