•Borno Govt distributes Food Items for Ramadan
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has commenced door-to-door distribution of 30,000 metric tonnes of emergency food intervention with Bakassi IDPs Camp in Maiduguri, Borno state.
The Director General of NEMA, Engr. Mustapha Maihaja said the agency under his watch is determined to bring sanity to humanitarian intervention by adopting door to door distribution in order to serve the affected persons in dignity without subjecting them to the avoidable stress of having to stand in long queues under the sun or rain.
According to a release signed on Monday by NEMA’s Head, Media and Public Relations, Mr . Sani Datti, the DG made the statement during a meeting held with UNOCHA officials in Maiduguri, Borno state.
He said the relief distribution, which was going to be a quarterly, would entail the distribution of Millet, Sorghum, Bean, Rice, Soya beans, and Maize to IDPs in the camps and those in host communities in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba, Gombe and Bauch states.
Maihaja, who sought the assistance of UN humanitarian organisations said: “ we will like to share with you what we have in this project, and where we want humanitarian actors here in the Northeast to collaborate with us so that this program would be a success”.
Some of the beneficiaries at Bakassi IDP camp who were interviewed expressed their happiness and thanked the Federal Government for bring sufficient foods to their doorsteps and appealed for continuation.
Meanwhile, the Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Durkwa has distributed 1,800 bags of rice and sugar to vulnerable groups in the state, as part of his personal assistance improve their living conditions during the month
This is in addition to a cash donation of millions of naira to victims of Boko Haram insurgency, particularly Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking refuge in camps and host communities in the state.
Distributing the items on Monday in Maiduguri, Durkwa said: “This was not the first time I’m donating relief items during Ramadan. It has been a tradition to assist vulnerable groups in the society every year irrespective of political affiliations.
“This is a time for the Muslim community to show unity and come to the aid of those who need assistance. There are many Muslims in dire need of some of the most basic necessities in life such as food, water, and clothing during the Ramadan.
“As citizens of humanity, it is our moral responsibility to come to their aid and assistance.”
He said the gesture was to further cement his relationship with people as well as a demonstration of government’s appreciation for their commitment, loyalty and cooperation with Kashim Shettima’s administration.
He commended Shettima for his giant strides in taking care of over a million displaced persons taking refuge in camps, and called on well-to – do individuals to always made sacrifices by assisting the needy at Ramadan.