SEMA Urges Humanitarian Partners to Return to Work in Rann, Kala Balge

The Chairman, Borno State Emergency Management Agency ( SEMA ), Hajiya Yabawa Kolo, has on Thursday appealed to humanitarian development organisations (International NGOs) to resume their services in Rann community to fast track support to the internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Yabawa made the  plea following the recent suspension of services of some humanitarian development partners  at Rann in Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno state following the Boko Haram attack on military formations in Rann last week.

It will be recalled  that Boko Haram insurgents  attacked Rann on March 1, 2018  killing three humanitarian aid workers and also injured one person while three other  female nurses were abducted or  declared missing.

As a result if this development,  some humanitarian development partners  suspended their services of providing support and assistance to the over 50,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the IDPs camp and host community.

According to Yabawa,  the call was necessary to enhance support to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and prevent against escalation of humanitarian crisis in the state.

She also said that SEMA in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) would adopt proactive measures to protect the internally displaced persons  (IDPs) from difficulties due to the suspension of humanitarian services by the international NGOs.

“The incident is unfortunate and regrettable; we sympathise with the victims and their families.

“We appeal to the humanitarian bodies to revisit their decision for the sake of humanity and continue with their services, their intervention is catalyst to addressing humanitarian crisis in the region,” she said.

The chairman further  said that the agency was increasing efforts by NEMA and other humanitarian partners  to provide services in areas of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and provision of condiments to the  IDPs at all the camps.

Yabawa assured  that SEMA will continue with its services in the affected community despite the difficult terrain and security challenges.

“NEMA and SEMA with the support of the military will continue to provide support and assistance to the displaced persons in Rann,” Yabawa said.

She however  called on the boko haram insurgents to lay down their arms and embrace peace to facilitate restoration of peace in the state and region.

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