Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Farouq on inspection of food items at NEMA warehouse in Maiduguri. Photo: Dauda Iliya
Over 150,000 displaced persons in Borno State are to receive food items from the Federal Government to cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq made this known on Sunday when she visited the State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Kadafur in Maiduguri.
Hajiya Sadiya said the visit was at the instance of members of the National Humanitarian Response Committee to discuss better ways of providing relief items to people in need, trapped or in difficult locations.
She said the Federal Government has adopted extra measures to reach hitherto inaccessible areas and requested the state Government to provide necessary information to enable the Nigeria Air Force supply food and non-food items to targetted locations.
The Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar commended the Federal Government.
According to him, the state government is not forcing IDPs to return to the communities as being perceived in some quarters.
The Humanitarian Community in Borno State identified Rann in Kala Balge local government and the three other locations as areas to carry out the food-drop.
Items presented include 26 thousand bags of 12.5 kg of Rice and Maize each, 26 thousand bags of 25kg of Beans, Vegetable oil and condiments.