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Internally Displaced Persons Figure Hits 800,000, Rising From Insurgency & Communal Clashes – NEMA

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The total number of internally displaced persons, IDPs in Nigeria arising from insurgency and communal clashes has risen to 800,000, National Emergency management Agency, NEMA has said.

The Director of Planning, Research and Forecasting in NEMA, Zanna Muhammed, confirmed this at a one day stakeholders workshop on response to emergencies.

He said,”the total number of IDPs in NEMA camps are 100,700; while those in the host communities are 701,448 ;bringing the figure to a total of 802,144 IDPs across the country, following the rising cases of insecurity and communal clashes in the country.

The event was aimed at addressing the rising cases of emergencies and displaced persons across the country, occasioned by the rising insurgency in the North-Eastern part of the country.

Stakeholders at the National programme called for a framework that could coordinate disaster management in the country.

The theme of the programme is “Developing a sustainable humanitarian response mechanism for Nigeria” organised by Murtala Mohammed Foundation and Ford Foundation wants the Federal Government to address issues bothering on segmented response in moments of emergency.

Also speaking,the NEMA Director said,”NEMA has been leading the way in coordinating emergency responses with its National Disaster Management Framework which provides the framework for the coordination of humanitarian preparedness and response in the country,centralising coordination of other interventionist groups such as the CLOs”.

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