Delta Appoints Commandants in Relief Camps to Ensure Orderliness


Delta state government is to appoint camp commandants in all the rehabilitation centres in the state to ensure that there was order and equitable distribution of relief materials to  flood victims in the camps.


The state governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan who announced this during an interactive session with journalists in the state said the commandants of the camps would have the power to introduce measures that would properly address the needs of the victims and check lawlessness.


According to the governor the appointment of commandants would streamline activities and ensure orderliness.


The governor promised that he would continue to improve facilities in the camps to ensure that the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) enjoy the basic necessities of life.


He promised to as much as possible provide three square meals a day for the victims but frowned at the attitude of some Deltans who infiltrate the camps to feed whenever it was time for food to be served.


The governor gave assurance that he would not do anything to stop the unwholesome attitude of those infiltrators who were not affected by the flood but were cutting short the ration of flood victims.


Dr Uduaghan who harped on the need of the medical units in the various camps to do their job diligently especially with professional expertise, enjoined them not to allow patients to buy drugs from outside the premises.


“The medical team knows what to do if there is shortage of drugs. They should use their professional intelligence to move to the next level because they know how to get drugs. They should not at any time allow patients to go outside the camps to buy drugs with their own money,” he said.


Dr Uduaghan said the challenge his government was facing was that of post-camp plan of resettling the victims after their stay in the camp.


He said it was a serious challenge explaining that some of them may not go back to their previous homes adding that such development would pose a very big challenge especially building new homes for them.


In answer to a question, he said most of the social problems building up in the camps were as a result of frustration even as he said that he would continue to make efforts to address their needs and reduce their fears.


In answer to another question, he said skill acquisition centres have been created in the camps while football teams have also been formed to actively engage them and reduce stress.



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