Dabinogate : National Refugee Agency Responds, ‘Corrupt Sales Of IDP Food Is An Old Game’

 

The Oasis Reporters

June 20, 2017

Coming on the heels of our publication, the National Commission For Refugees, Migrants and IDPs, NCFRMI has issued a press statement that the dates were duly distributed to the beneficiaries concerned “in Adamawa, Taraba, Yobe, Borno, Kano as well as Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi States and the Federal Capital Territory, with the Saudi Embassy’s Charge de Affairs in attendance.
The exercise Commenced same night between 9pm and 6:00am of the following day” but nevertheless were helpless in controlling what happens after they may have left.

We ”Can’t Control What Happens After Distribution” ,they insist.

[Read also : http://www.theoasisreporters.com/dabinogate-theft-of-saudi-food-aid-in-abuja-reinforces-myth-about-africa/ ]

Meanwhile, the commission has also admitted in the press release that cases of relief materials meant for IDP camps being sold in the open market is as old as corruption itself.

It’s amazing that an agency that is a net recipient of gifts and donations is still strategizing on how to curb this menace. In other words, the theft and corruption rules while it’s incompetence continues to manifest Itself even as refugees continue to look haggard and emaciated, in the face of stupendously robust looking officials.

Pundits aver that as long as the corruption in the sale of donated food items persist, IDP camps will never close down and conflicts will continue to arise, fueled to keep the free money from corrupt sales of food items going. The refugee officials will continue to look robust in their well appointed mansions, built with corrupt money.

Here’s their self indicting Press Release :

National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs, NCFRMI

Press Release

Re: Distribution of Saudi Arabia Dates to IDPs.

The attention of the National Commission For Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons NCFRMI, has been drawn to a public announcement emanating from the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Nigeria, to the effect that the dates packaged and distributed as gifts from the Government of Saudi Arabia are being sold by some members of the public.
This has generated comments from the public.

For the avoidance of doubt and further clarification, the Commission wishes to state that the said dates were presented to the Commission for onward distribution as gift to Internally Displaced persons by the Saudi Arabian Embassy on the 7th of June, 2017, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria.

Immediately the dates were received, that same night, the Commission got down to the business of dispatching same to the Beneficiaries in Adamawa, Taraba, Yobe, Borno, Kano as well as Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi States and the Federal Capital Territory, with the Saudi Embassy’s Charge de Affairs in attendance. The exercise Commenced same night between 9pm and 6:00am of the following day. Trucks were hired at the expense of the Commission for the exercise. The IDPs in the Federal Capital Territory were also included in the distribution. The dates were also presented at some of the mosques identified as where IDPs worship.

The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons would like to emphasize that no other person or groups of persons were included as beneficiaries of the gift from the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia. The Commission cannot control what happens after the distribution exercise. Cases of IDPs selling relief materials are not new though, which is why the Commission is focusing on Durable solution strategies in its interventions.

The National Commission For Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons hereby restates its commitment to its mandate of leading and coordinating humanitarian activities in the country, protection and the treatment of its persons of concern with respect and dignity.”

Signed:
Halima Musa
SA Media to Honourable Federal Commissioner, NCFRMI.

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