Shet­tima in­au­gu­rates dis­tri­bu­tion of FG’s re­lief items at Bu­ratai

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Uth­man Abubakar, Maiduguri

Gover­nor Kashim Shet­tima of Borno State yes­ter­day flagged off the dis­tri­bu­tion of 36,000 met­ric tonnes of food items do­nated to the trau­ma­tized peo­ple and vic­tims of Boko Haram in­sur­gency in Bu­ratai District, Biu Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area and other lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas in the south­ern parts of the state.

Bu­ratai is the home town of Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen­eral Tukur Bu­ratai, which had suf­fered six Boko Haram at­tacks, with the killing of over 60 res­i­dents and de­struc­tion of houses.

The re­lief items were ini­tially launched at Bakassi In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPs) Camp in Maiduguri by Act­ing Pres­i­dent Yemi Osi­banjo, as part of Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment Emer­gency Food In­ter­ven­tion in the North­east.

Flag­ging off the dis­tri­bu­tion ex­er­cise at the Palace of the District Head of Bu­ratai, Al­haji Mo­hammed Maina, the gover­nor, who was rep­re­sented by his Deputy, Us­man Mam­man Durkwa, com­mended Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari and the Act­ing Pres­i­dent Osi­banjo for the con­certed ef­forts in de­grad­ing Boko Haram and do­nat­ing food items to mil­lions of peo­ple, es­pe­cially IDPs who had re­turned to the lib­er­ated com­mu­ni­ties and are in dare need of food.

Durkwa said based on the enu­mer­a­tion con­ducted by of­fi­cials of Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (NEMA), Bu­ratai alone had an enu­mer­ated pop­u­la­tion of 3,268 with 545 house­holds that would ben­e­fit from the dis­tri­bu­tion.

He pointed out that, the ex­er­cise which would be done in com­mu­ni­ties of Hawul, Biu, Dam­boa, Shani, Bayo, Chi­bok, Kwaya Kusar and other lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas of South­ern Borno was timely, con­sid­er­ing the eco­nomic hard­ship be­ing faced by IDPs who had since re­turned to their lib­er­ated com­mu­ni­ties. He said each house­hold would re­ceive as­sorted bags of beans, rice, Mas­savita, Se­movita, Macroni and condi­ments.

Ear­lier, the Chair­man of the State Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (SEMA), Engr. Ahmed Satomi said the in­ter­ven­tion had changed the per­cep­tion of the na­tion, par­tic­u­larly Borno in the eyes of global com­mu­ni­ties.

In his vote of thanks, the District Head of Bu­ratai, Al­haji Mo­hammed Maina thanked the fed­eral and state gov­ern­ment for do­nat­ing the re­lief items.

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