Cross section of IDPs at a camp in Borno. Photo: Dauda Iliya/Radio Nigeria
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Madinatu Camp in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State have commended the Federal Government for sustaining the monthly food distribution exercise.
The IDPs who were full of praises to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said the intervention has now prevented them and their children from begging for alms.
Some female household heads in the camp Awaisu Bashir and Rabi Mohammed from Gamborun Ngala told Radio Nigeria that catering for their needs and their children have not been easy if not for the continued support of the Federal Government.
Awaisu, mother of 8 and Rabi mother of 7 said they have been living in the camp for over 4 years adding that they have not recorded food shortage even during COVID-19 lockdown.
Chairman of the camp, Ibrahim Usman acknowledged that NEMA has been providing food assistance to the camp to for the past 3 years.
NEMA food distribution team leader Flight Lieutenant Umar Sani said over 20,000 IDPs from Madinatu camp will benefit from the distribution exercise. According to him, NEMA is providing intervention to 20 camps in Borno State assuring that the monthly distribution exercise will be sustained.
Each household will receive 54.6kg of food items including 25kg of Beans, 12.5kg of Rice and Maize each, as well as 4.6kg of condiments.