Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri
The federal government monday further distributed relief materials to Nigerian refugees numbering 80,709 in neighbouring Republic of Cameroun.
The government had at the weekend through its relief agency, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), distributed 1,460 bags of assorted food items to refugees.
NEMA, having taken delivering of non-food items from the Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiative (PINE), decided to delivered the additional relief materials to the refugees.
NEMA in a statement by its spokesman, Sani Datti, yesterday disclosed that the items from the PINE comprised mostly of non-food items.
He said the materials were presented by the Director Search and Rescue of NEMA, Air Commodore Salisu Mohammed, along with the relief materials of the agency to the Camerounian authorities at Minawao, far north region of the country.
He said the occasion was witnessed by representatives of United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR).
According to him, the items from PINE were mostly made up of non-food items including 1941 pillows, 1214 mattress, 4646 sandals, 1520 mosquito nets, 990 blankets,3990 clothing, 3946 sanitary pads, 1957 plastic buckets, 4032 notebooks, 3984 exercise books, 12240 plastic plates, 4800 plastic cups, 960 plastic spoons, 9920 baby mats, 36000 toilet soaps and 4032 pencils.
Others items in the list were 597 bags of sugar, 300 bags of millets, 500 cartons of noodles, 201 cartons of peak milk, 200 cartons of milo, 200 kegs of oil and 23,800 sachets of salt.