Shet­tima: Borno got N345m cash only for IDPs since 2011

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Omirin Olatunji, Maiduguri.

The Borno State Gov­ern­ment has de­bunked al­le­ga­tions that it re­ceived bil­lions of cash do­na­tions in lo­cal and for­eign currencies for the man­age­ment of In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPs), say­ing that only a to­tal of N345 mil­lion had been re­ceived by the gov­ern­ment in the last five years.

Gov­er­nor Kashim Shet­tima stated this while re­spond­ing to ques­tions by jour­nal­ists in Maiduguri shortly after his ar­rival from Abuja yes­ter­day.

Jour­nal­ists had sought his re­sponse over claims on the so­cial me­dia and a sec­tion of the main stream me­dia that the Borno Gov­ern­ment re­ceived bil­lions of naira in cash do­na­tions for IDPs but di­verted it for other pur­poses.

“You see, con­trary to wild as­sump­tions that the Borno State Gov­ern­ment has re­ceived bil­lions of cash do­na­tions in lo­cal and for­eign currencies for the man­age­ment of In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons, a lot of Nige­ri­ans may be shocked to know that a to­tal of N345 mil­lion is the over­all amount re­ceived as cash do­na­tion by our ad­min­is­tra­tion from May 2011 to date,” the gov­er­nor said.

He listed the amounts which he said his gov­ern­ment re­ceived from all sources for the sup­port of IDPS since he be­came gov­er­nor in 2011 as the fed­eral gov­ern­ment un­der Good­luck Jonathan, N200m in four years; Lagos State Gov­ern­ment, N50m in Oc­to­ber 2015; Edo State Gov­ern­ment N25m, in 2013; Kano State, N20m in 2013; Adamawa State, N20m in 2013; Ek­iti State, N10m in 2013; Osun State, N10m in 2013; Kaduna State N5m, and Unity Bank N5m.

“There is one woman who prefers her name not to be men­tioned. She do­nated N100,000 in cash, bring­ing the to­tal cash re­ceived to N345,100,000,” he said.

He said against this sum, the Borno State Gov­ern­ment spent N600 mil­lion ev­ery month to cater for IDPs through­out the Jonathan era, and that apart from the sums do­nated, all other in­ter­ven­tions had been in kind through do­na­tion of food items or med­i­cal sup­plies, in­clud­ing 1,200 bags of rice do­nated by the Kebbi State Gov­ern­ment, 5,000 bags of rice from the Ebonyi State Gov­ern­ment, three trucks of high­land tea from Taraba State, and six trucks of as­sorted food prod­ucts from Gombe State in two in­ter­ven­tions.

“These were all for IDP in­ter­ven­tions from state gov­ern­ments but of course, there have been many other groups who vis­ited and do­nated food items in the last five years but cer­tainly not cash to Borno State Gov­ern­ment,” Gov­er­nor Shet­tima ex­plained.

He said his gov­ern­ment had also re­ceived tremen­dous sup­port from some parts of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity but that no for­eign coun­try or any in­ter­na­tional part­ner gave any cash to his ad­min­is­tra­tion from 2011 to date for the pur­pose of IDPs. “All do­na­tions come in ma­te­ri­als like med­i­cal sup­plies, tech­ni­cal sup­port and food items, most of which are di­rectly dis­trib­uted by the in­ter­na­tional part­ners them­selves to reach IDP’S in dif­fer­ent parts of Borno State,” he said.

He fur­ther ex­plained that any amounts the pub­lic might have heard about through the me­dia were not cash do­nated to Borno by in­ter­na­tional part­ners but rather, items and ser­vices worth such amounts men­tioned.

Photo: Govt. House Katsina

Katsina State Gov­er­nor Aminu Bello Masari (cen­tre) con­soles the for­mer Chief Judge of the state, Jus­tice Sad­diq Ab­dulLahi Mahuta over the death of his younger brother, Al­haji Sa­gir Ab­dulLahi in Katsina yes­ter­day. With them are from right, Al­haji Aminu Ab­dulLahi Mahuta, Katsina State Deputy Gov­er­nor, Al­haji Man­nir Yakubu and Head of Ser­vice, Katsina State, Al­haji Lawal Aliyu Daura (right)

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