By Gbenga Akingbule
Borno State Government has on Wednesday commended the Federal Government for donating over 100, 000 clothing to Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) saying the gesture will go a long way in ameliorating the plight of the IDPs.
Othe relief items donated by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development include 19,200 number of blankets and 19,200 number of polythene mats.
The Governor of Borno State, Prof Babagana Zulum represented by his deputy Hon. Umar Kadafur at hading over ceremony said the relief items will be distributed to IDPs in the state .
” I want to assure the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development that this relief items is quite appreciated and will be distributed for the purpose intended.
” I want to use this opportunity to thank the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for always coming to the aide of Borno State with humanitarian assistance and also having confidence in the Governor Zulum led- administration. ” Kadafur said .
The Deputy Governor revealed that over 20 communities of IDPs have so far been resettled back to their ancestral homes by the state government following return of peace adding that packages were given to them rebuild their livelihood .
The Permernen Secretary, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Alh. Bashir Alkali who represented the Minister at the occasion said his mission to Borno State was to handover non food relief items to Borno IDPs
” Let me appreciate Your Excellency for providing the good working relationship and partnership between Borno State and the Federal Government (particularly the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, FMHADMSD and her Agencies). This goes to show the importance Your Excellency has attached to ending the plight of these unfortunate victims (especially the women and children) of the insurgency. I can assure you that President Muhammadu Buhari is solidly in support of bringing this insurgency to an end and returning the victims back to their lives in dignity. This desire is apparent in many projects and programs that are on-going for that purpose.
” One of such projects is Mr President’s approval for the purchase of Humanitarian Recovery Needs for the Internally Displaced Person’s (IDPs) in Borno State which was provided through the FMHADMSD in 2019 as a Federal Government Special Intervention Fund to purchase relief items for the returned refugees from Camerron, Chad & Niger that have been accommodated in twelve (12) camps namely Monguno, Bakassi, Dalori 1, Muna, Bama, Ngala, Dikwa, Gwoza, Pulka, Damboa, Banki, and Mafa camps in Maiduguri , Borno State.
“The relief items we are handing over today include 75,600 pieces of clothing material for women, 72,000 pieces of clothing material for Men, 19,200 number of blankets and 19,200 number of polythene mats. These items have been successfully delivered and I am here today, on behalf of the Honourable Minster, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, to handover these items to Your Excellency, the Executive Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Umar Zulum for these refugees.” The Permanent Secretary.