The Borno government has distributed relief materials to 1,370 households affected by the fire outbreak at the Muna Displaced Persons Camp (IDP) in Maiduguri.
Deputy Governor Umar Kadafur visited the camp on Thursday to express sympathy for the victims and donate humanitarian materials.
Kadafur urged them to be more careful when handling fire, especially during harattan.
He also urged them to stop cooking in their rooms to minimize such risks.
“You need to be more careful and designate a cooking area away from the tent as there is enough space.
“The government is here to commiserate with you and present this emergency aid in the form of food and non-food items to you after a full assessment before adopting a larger package, after a full assessment,” Kadafur said.
According to him, preparations for relocating displaced persons back to their ancestral homes have reached an advanced stage.
Commenting on the incident, Director General of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mohammed Barkindo, said the extent of damage was still being assessed.
Barkindo said each affected 1,370 households identified so far will receive a bag of maize flour, a mattress, a blanket, a bucket, cooking oil and spices.
“This support is initial, before the actual intervention after a full assessment,” Barkindo said.
Two children died in Wednesday’s fire, and buildings and food belonging to the displaced people were destroyed.