19th September, 2011
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in collaboration with the Plateau Emergency Agency has started the compilation of names of victims of the crises and those of their families with a view to assisting them.
Alhaji Muhammed Sani-Sidi, the Director-General of NEMA, made this known while fielding questions from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday.
He said the compilation was in line with President Goodluck Jonathanâ€™s directive that NEMA should provide immediate relief materials to all victims of the crises in the state.
He said that the agency had already activated its contingency strategy to meet the challenges of the presidential directive.
Sani-Sidi added that NEMA employees in its Abuja operational office had been directed to join their counterparts in Plateau to ensure â€œmassive and elaborate interventionâ€ where every victim would be catered for.
Â·â€œWe are very much ready because we have already activated our contingency strategy. We already have in place a zonal office in Jos which covers the North Central
â€œWe have a very big warehouse where we have all our relief items there in Plateau and we have our men and I have already also directed that the Abuja operations office should join their colleagues, our staff, in the Jos zonal office so that we have a massive and elaborate intervention.
â€œWe have presidential directive, I will make sure that each displaced person is being catered for.â€
The director-general also told NAN that the agency was partnering with the Red Cross, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and other stakeholders in the Jos crises to ensure smooth provision of relief materials to the victims.
NAN recalls that Sani-Sidi who visited some victims of the crises at the Jos Teaching Hospital on Saturday pledged that the Federal Government would settle their hospital bills.