ECOWAS, FG to es­tab­lish North­east Sol­i­dar­ity Fund

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Uth­man Abubakar, Maiduguri

The ECOWAS Com­mis­sion and the Fed­eral Govern­ment are to set up a joint sol­i­dar­ity fund to pro­vide suc­cour to the peo­ple dis­tressed by Boko Haram in­sur­gency in the North­east.

The Pres­i­dent of the Com­mis­sion, Mer­cel de Sousa, said in Maiduguri yes­ter­day that the es­tab­lish­ment of the fund was in com­pli­ance with the de­ci­sion of the 50th Or­di­nary Ses­sion of the Author­ity of Heads of State and Govern­ment of the ECOWAS which took place in Abuja on 17 De­cem­ber, 2016.

Rep­re­sented by the Act­ing Di­rec­tor of Hu­man­i­tar­ian Affairs of the Com­mis­sion, Mrs. Florence Iheme, at the of­fi­cial han­dover of the ECOWAS food as­sis­tance worth $1 mil­lion to the North­east, de Sousa said the es­tab­lish­ment of the fund was also in ex­pres­sion of sup­port to Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s plan on the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the dis­tressed pop­u­la­tion of the re­gion.

“We are de­lighted to be here to of­fi­cially han­dover the food items as promised,” the pres­i­dent of the Com­mis­sion said while hand­ing over the items to the Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of NEMA, Engr. Mustapha Mai­haja, wit­nessed by Gov­er­nor Kashim Shet­tima of Borno State.

“The food items meant for Maiduguri, Da­maturu, Yola and Gombe, com­prise maize, sorghum and mil­let,” he dis­closed, con­clud­ing, “The fi­nal part of the de­liv­ery which will con­sist of 700 met­ric tonnes of rice will soon ar­rive at the NEMA ware­houses.”

The NEMA DG and Gov­er­nor Shet­tima thanked the ECOWAS Com­mis­sion for its ex­cep­tional ex­pres­sion of sym­pa­thy, with Gov­er­nor Shet­tima specif­i­cally prais­ing NEMA for en­sur­ing that all food items do­nated through it were not fraud­u­lently di­verted.

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