The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) yesterday gave the figure of people displaced by the insurgency in the North-east in the last three months as three million.
NEMA Director-General, Alhaji Mohammad Sani-Sidi, said in Abuja at the seventh National Humanitarian Coordination meeting, organised by NEMA for donor agencies that the agency in collaboration with the Red Cross and state emergency management agencies in affected states, carried out a comprehensive multi-sector rapid assessment of humanitarian situation in the areas.
Represented by NEMAâ€™s Director of Administration, Dr Zanna Mohammad, Sani-Sidi said the assessment was carried out between March 3 and March 7.
â€œThe assessment report findings revealed that from January to March alone, insurgency and other humanitarian challenges have affected more than three million people.
â€œThe insurgency left scores dead and displaced more than 249,446 people who are in camps or living with host communities,â€™â€™ a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted him as saying.
He added that the meeting was to review the humanitarian situation in states affected by the state of emergency.
The director-general said the meeting was also to explore avenues for further response by national and international humanitarian actors.
He added that although NEMA had intervened through the provision of food and non-food items, water and medicaments, the needs of the affected population are on the increase.
He solicited the support of all donor agencies in alleviating the sufferings of those affected.
Some representatives of donor agencies at the meeting commended efforts being made by NEMA to provide figures on the humanitarian situation in the North-east.
Head of UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Nigeria, Choice Okoro, said the organisation would spend $75 million on humanitarian assistance in Nigeria.
She said 75 per cent of the amount would be used for humanitarian intervention in the North-east.
A representative of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Mr. Soji Adeniyi, called for the sustenance of the periodic information on humanitarian situation in the affected states by NEMA.
â€œWhat is happening in the North-East is unprecedented; we have never had this kind of displacement caused by conflicts before in the country,â€™â€™ he said.