Borno distributes relief items to 2, 000 fire disaster victims


Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) says it has distributed food and non food items to over 2, 000 displaced families affected by fire disasters in four local government areas of the state.

The Chairman of the agency, Mrs Yabawa Kolo, told newsmen in Maiduguri that the items were distributed to the victims at Nganzai, Marte, Monguno and Gubio Local Government Areas.

Kolo disclosed that over 1, 500 households received the items at Nganzai while over 235 and 190 households were supported at Gubio and Marte.

She listed grain, cooking oil, kitchen utensils, nets, blankets and dresses among the items distributed to the victims.

The chairman added that the agency in collaboration with the National Emergency Management agency (NEMA) and the Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiative (PCNI), distributed the items to the victims, to mitigate their sufferings.

Kolo further revealed that about 13 persons lost their lives in separate fire outbreaks in the affected communities in the past three weeks.

She attributed the outbreak to indiscriminate use of firewood by households, adding that the agency would embark on community sensitization exercise to check incessant fire incidents in the resettled communities.

According to her, the state government has concluded arrangements to allocate 500 housing units to victims of fire disaster at Nganzai.