The Federal government has sent 300 tons of relief materials to the government of Niger for onward distribution to Nigerians living in refugee camps in the Niger Republic.
The General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Mustapha Malhaja who presented the items and was represented by NEMA’s Head of Operation in Sokoto Dr Kofoworola Soleye said the items were part of support from the Federal government.
The items were been handed over to an official of the Nigerien government Mr. Sanoussi who is also the Secretary-General Adjoint du Government de Moradi.
Sanoussi mentioned that the consignment was procured following a report on displaced Nigerians who left for neighboring border communities in Niger after conducting an assessment.
At least 18,000 Nigerian refugees were at the border communities in Niger and the Nigerien public and government had donated 100 tons of relief materials, Sokoto state government gave 300 tons and Dangote 500 tons of assorted items.
Six trucks of relief materials were handed over to the Nigerien government to be distributed to the refugees in the camps located at Gidan Ranji, the Moradi States in the Niger Republic.
Items presented include bags of rice, beans, millet, sugar, cartons of Maggi cubes, tomato paste, detergent and toilet soaps. There are also blankets, towels, children’s, women and men’s wears, mosquito nets, nylon mats, clothing materials among others.
Our sources said the items were initially impounded by the Nigerien Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Country’s Customs officials at Konni, a border town but was later released.