The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has commenced distribution of relief materials to victims of Boko Haram crisis in Yobe State, North East Nigeria.
The distribution at the weekend follows the donation of relief materials estimated at $10 million (N3.6 billion) by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre last week.
The staff of both NEMA and Yobe State Emergency Management Agency immediately swung into action distributing the relief materials to thousands of victims of the decade old crisis after the flag off the exercise in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital on Friday.
The distribution in the state was flagged off by Mr. Naseer Alsubaie who is the leader of the team from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre at Kukareta, a community in the outskirts of the state capital where about 1, 900 IDPs are taking refuge.
Present at the occasion, were the Yobe State Commissioner for Education Alhaji Mohammed Lamin who represented Governor Ibrahim Geidam and the Director General National Emergency Management Agency Engr Mustapha Maihaja who was represented by the Director of Relief and rehabilitation, Mr. Kayode Fagbemi.
Speaking on the donation, Alsubaie told Governor Geidam during a courtesy earlier in Government House that the Crown Prince of the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was concerned about the plights of the displaced persons, hence the support to augment the humanitarian activities of the government and other donors for a period of four months.
Governor Geidam, in his response thanked the government of Saudi Arabia for the kind gesture and promised to facilitate the distribution to the intended beneficiaries.
Speaking on behalf of the Director General of NEMA, Mr Kayode Fagbemi explained that the total 3, 774 households have been identified to benefit from the food assistance. He said the distribution would be done based on a 59.8kg food basket mix per month for each households comprising of a bag of 25 kg rice, 25kg beans, 4kg masavita, 2kg tomato paste, 2kg vegetable oil, 2packs of maggie cubes and 1kg salt.
A total of 10 locations have been identified and beneficiaries profiled for the distribution including Kukareta, Abari, Muhammadu Gambo Farm, Furi, Kasaisa, Pompamari.