Indigenes of Borno state under the auspices of Borno Development Foundation has raised ₦31 million naira and $50,000 to provide relief for internally displaced persons in the COVID-19 pandemic.
149 well meaning individuals from the state contributed the amount to complement the effort of federal and Borno state government in the fight against Coronavirus and insurgency.
Lunching the distribution of the relief items at Muna internally displaced persons camp in Jere local government, Borno state Governor Professor Babagana Zulum said the gesture will go a long way in alleviating the sufferings of the displaced due insurgency and COVID-19.
“Time has gone for indigenes of Borno to be fighting each other. This is a very good time that we should converge together at this critical time to see how we can move the state forward”. He added.
Chairman Borno Development Foundation Alhaji Mohammed Makinta said the group has also provided cooking oil worth ₦14 million as well for the IDPs.
He explained that the foundation is targeting three hundred thousand IDPs and other vulnerable groups in camps and host communities.
About two thousand female-headed households from Muna IDP camp would also benefit from the food palliatives.
Muna IDP camp is the largest host-community camp with more than fifty thousand households from eight local government areas.
Items distributed include five thousand 10kg bags of maize grids, five thousand 5kg of rice and five thousand gallons of cooking oil.