Abuja - The Federal Government, through the Presidential Committee on Relief Procurement and Distribution, has distributed relief material worth N500 000 million to about 116 000 internally displaced persons in Yobe.
Director General National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Muhammad Sani-Sidi, Chairman of the Committee, represented by the agency’s Director of Disaster Risk Reduction, Alhaji Alhassan Nuhu, said the items had been strategically stockpiled in Damaturu for the beneficiaries in the west and central parts of the state.
Another large consignment was in Gashua for easy distribution to the IDPs in the northern areas.
Nuhu said about 15 000 of the displaced persons were in Damaturu while the others were in various locations across the state.
He said the items were procured based on identified basic needs of the people and that proper arrangements have been made to ensure direct distribution to the target beneficiaries.
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Nuhu added that the items would be distributed by NEMA staff in collaboration officials of the Yobe State Government and Red Cross throughout the state.
Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Abdu Bulama, said the relief items were in furtherance to the commitment of the government in the fight against insurgency and provision of necessary support to those affected by the security challenges.
He assured the people of more supports from the recently launched Victims Supports Fund that the Federal Government initiated to mobilize funds and other assistance towards victims' recovery.
Yobe State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Danladi Ali, appreciated the concerns of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration in the delivery of the relief material to the state.
He assured the cooperation of the state government with the Federal Government towards addressing the security challenges and supporting the affected persons.
The flagging off of the Presidential relief distribution in Yobe State followed similar functions that were carried out in Adamawa and Borno States. This would be followed by the direct distribution of the items.
President Goodluck had approved the sum of N1.5billion for the special committee to procure the relief items and distribute directly to the affected persons in the three states worst affected by terror.
This are Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
- CAJ News