Internally Displaced Persons are set to receive relief items as the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has been directed.
The directive came from President Muhammadu Buhari as disclosed to reporters in Abuja by NCS Public Relations Officer, Wale Adeniyi on Sunday.
According to Adeniyi, a national committee has been set-up by the Comptroller-General of NCS, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) that would manage and co-ordinate the effective distribution of the relief items.
“It is important to stress that these items are only those that have been condemned properly in the competent court of law and have been forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“They include food items like rice, vegetable oil, spaghetti and essential items like soap, used clothing materials, mosquito nets, beddings and others,’’ Adeniyi said.
The committee is said to have members drawn from NCS, Army, Air Force, Police, Immigration Service and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He also note that “this time around, our targets are not the IDPs camps; our targets are the IDPs themselves who are in these camps.”
“We expect that the exercise will take a period of about eight weeks and the trip will start very soon.
“The exercise is going to be slightly different from what we have been doing before because we want these things to end up directly with the end users.
“We are going to be working with state governments, community leaders and other relief agencies to ensure that these items get to the IDPs in a secure and transparent manner,” Adeniyi guaranteed.