From DAUDA PAM, Maiduguri

BORNO State Governor Babagana Umara Zulum has flagged off the distribution of food items to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Monguno, the local government headquarters to mark the humanitarian day in the state.

The Governor in an interview with the media, said,” we are here in Monguno purposely to distribute food items to the IDPs residing in Monguno who have not been benefiting from any humanitarian support”.

Prof. Zulum,spent two days in Monguno, where he personally supervised the distribution of the food items across the 13 different camps in the town said he was impressed with the conduct of the exercise.

“We are going to give to 20,000 households; each household will get one 50 kg of maize flour and unprocessed (raw) maize. We are going to continue to assist them,” the governor added.

Hear him,”I wish to pay tribute to all humanitarianism workers that lost their lives while discharging their duties in the state. I pray that  God in his infinite mercy forgive their shortcomings and grant their families the fortitude to bear the loss. I also wish to appreciate the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Ambassador. Edward Karlon, Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in Borno. State, the Nigerian military, para military, Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes.”

Government is not unmindful of the IDPs and therefore, we are going to construct 1,000 houses to the IDPs through the Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement. So that our IDPs will be resettle in dignified manner”.

He expressed profound gratitude to the Federal Government National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and other International Non Governmental Organisations for more support, as the humanitarian crisis in the state is huge.

As a result, government will provide new and repair broken down vehicles, uniforms and logistics in addition to payment of N15,000 to each of the 267 members of the vigilantes in the area.

The Chairperson Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Hajiya Yabawa Kolo,in her remarks said, “ the distribution is targeting 30,000 households of IDPs. We have brought 28,000 of rice 2000 cartons of sugar and 1,000 of salt cartons 2,000 jerricans of cooking oil” and that they are from 7 local government areas of Kukawa, Marte. Nganzai, Guzamala, Monguno, Gwoza and Bama.

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