At least 6,000 poor residents of Maiduguri, Northeast Nigeria on Wednesday, May 18 received food and cash palliative from the Borno State Government.
The government said it was embarking on the massive food and cash distribution to the indigent residents of the state capital to lessen the hardship brought upon them by the Boko Haram insurgency.
Babagana Zulum, Governor of Borno State said the 13 years of Boko Haram insurgency in the state had caused many residents of Maiduguri to lose their means of livelihood due to a lack of access to their farmlands.
“Because of the insurgency, the people of Maiduguri and Jere, which form the state capital, are still facing some livelihood problems,” Governor Zulum said.
“We, therefore, decided to support the most vulnerable among the population – the bottom poor – to support them. We have selected a total of 100,000 of this population from Maiduguri and Jere.”
“For the flag off, we are attending to 6,000 beneficiaries from Gwonge 1,2 and 3 wards, and we are giving them different food items including rice, spaghetti, cooking oil, cash of N10,000 and six yards of fabrics.”
Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser on media to the Governor, said the sum of N30 million was shared by 3,000 women with “each getting N10,000 in addition to fabrics, a carton of food items containing packets of spaghetti, macaroni, semolina, salt, sugar, and seasoning.”
“As you may have seen, Governor Zulum also distributed 3,000 (50kg) bags of rice to each of 3,000 men.”
Governor Zulum had earlier explained that it was the Borno State Government that provided the N30 million cash and wrappers distributed to women, “while the Federal Government through the Nigerian Customs Service and Dangote Foundation had differently provided the bags of rice and cartons of food packs distributed on Wednesday.”
The state government had in response to the worsening situation, in April embarked on the distribution of palliative within the city. And it has so far reached 18,000 beneficiaries since the beginning of the programme.
During the Ramadan fast, a committee constituted by Governor Zulum had carried out distribution in Bolori for 4,000 residents of Bolori I & II wards; in Shehuri for 4,000 residents of Shehuri southwards; in Hausari for 4,000 residents of Hausari and Fezzan ward, while 4,000 residents of Mairi and Maimusari wards had also benefited.
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