Abuja - The Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil, has donated food and other relief material to thousands of people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgents in his homeland in Damboa, Borno State.
Among the items distributed in Maiduguri, the state capital, include 100 bags of grains, 200 cartoons of noodles, 80 cartoons of detergent, 600 pieces of blankets, 600 pieces of plastic plates, 750 bundles of women and men clothing material and 2 000 pieces of plastic buckets.
According to Alhaji Lawal Kolo Gumsuri, the Special Adviser (Political) to the minister, Akil used personal funds to procure the goods.
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The relief material were distributed to the victims at the residence of Alhaji Kaumi Damboa, Jiddari Polo, NYSC camp, School of Nursing, Indimi Mosque, NTA Majalisa and to those taking refuge at Babagana Dawa and Mallam Wakil Korede’s house.
“It is very disheartening to see people who are able bodied breadwinners as refugees but I want you to regard this misfortune as destined by God. You should take solace because in everything, there is a time which normalcy shall return and you will be able to go back to your houses,” Gumsuri said.
He called on both the federal and state governments to continue to assist the people so that they could go and rebuild their houses.
“I am calling on the government to give the people the needed assistance directly to the victims so they could go and rebuild their houses to their own taste, instead of constituting a committee that may end up doing a shoddy job,” Gumsuri added.
He asked government at all levels to provide the people of Damboa with earth dams as a lasting solution to the shortage of drinking water for both livestock and humans in the area.
- CAJ News