Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has Development, has commiserated with the families of those who died in the Borno IDP Camp fire.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the fire at the IDP left at least 7,200 people without shelter, Yabawa Kolo, an official from Nigeria’s Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said early on Wednesday.
A total of 1,200 tents were burned in the fire at the camp in Gajiram village in Borno.
Farouq in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, issued by the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Bashir Alkali and signed by the Deputy Director of Information, Mrs Rhoda Iliya, described the incident as unfortunate.
She said she was saddened by the fire incident that claimed three lives, two adults and an infant, about 3,600 IDPs affected and hundreds of shelters razed down.
“I have already directed that the cause of the fire be investigated to forestall future occurrences.
“Please I want to also advise that cooking inside the makeshift homes be discouraged,” Farouq said.
The Minister had directed that relief materials be dispatched to the camp to cushion the effect of the incident.
Farouq also commended Kolo and his team who paid prompt visit to the camp to sympathise with the victims. (NAN)