By Laide Akinboade
ABUJA — The Federal Government said, yesterday, that over 1.5 million people have so far been displaced by the insurgency in the Northern Eastern part of the country.
The government also noted that the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, needed urgent help from the international community.
Director General, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Alhaji Muhammed Sani-Sidi, stated this at a national consultative workshop on climate risk, mitigation, preparedness and response in 2014 in Abuja.
According to him, a lot of persons have also lost their lives as a result of the insurgency by the Boko Haram sect.
He said: “The workshop is aimed at improving the conditions caused by natural hazards, insurgency and disasters in Nigeria; hence the need for the proper utilisation of the seasonal prediction of Nigeria Meteorological Agency, NIMET.
”NIMET seasonal predictions have given the country more opportunity to prepare for the effects of climate change, raining and dry seasons and in order to control the resultant problems that may arise from climate change, NEMA and other stakeholders have put together a special arrangement that would help in handling emergency situations.”