FROM ISAAC ANUMIHE, Abuja
No fewer than 1,000 Nigerians have been killed in the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe in the last three months.
Similarly, about 249,446 persons have been displaced and over three million people have been affected and economic activities destabilised in the sustained violence.
Speaking at the seventh national humanitarian co-ordination forum meeting of the agency, Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Mohammad Sani Sidi, said from January to March 2014 alone, insurgency and other humanitarian challenges in the state of emergency states affected over three million people and displaced 249,446 in camps or living with host communities and other places presumed safe havens.
Sidi, who spoke through the Director of Administration and Supply, Dr. Muhammad Zanna, said while Borno State had the highest figure of 1,304,393 persons, Adamawa State followed with 1,086,126 and Yobe 771, 368.
He said most of the affected persons were women, children and the aged.
He said though NEMA had been intervening with the provision of relief materials to the affected persons, the need of the affected population were increasing by the day and the support of all was urgently required.
The director general sought the support of humanitarian organizations and disaster responders, saying they should liaise with NEMA as the co-ordinating agency to properly identify the gaps and avoid unnecessary duplication of efforts.
“To have the support of all in this regard, it is important for local and international humanitarian actors to know the scale of the problem at hand, the efforts being made by the relevant authorities and the existing gap for further support,” he said.
Participants in the forum were from various ministries, departments and agencies of government as well as local and international non-governmental organizations.
NEMA had in March, conducted a comprehensive assessment of the humanitarian situation in the three states, which had been under state of emergency over the security challenges.