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Starvation stalks terror-ridden Northeast

16 February 2016, 18:00Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The majority of Nigerians residing within the Northeast geo-political zone of the country are faced with hunger, exacerbating the plight of millions affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

This is according to findings of a recently-conducted survey, whose results have been released.

According to NOIPolls, the researchers, the poll revealed that a significant proportion of respondents, at least 7 in 10 (73 percent), residing within the region, acknowledged the prevalence of hunger and starvation in parts of the region.

Women and children under five years are the most affected.

Further findings revealed that although 56 percent of respondents claimed they ate up to three time a day, a significant proportion (27 percent) stated they ate only two times in a day.

Almost one in every ten respondent (9 percent) stated they ate only once in every 24 hours.

Similarly, 56 percent of respondents revealed they often have to ration their meals or restrict adult consumption in order to enable the children feed adequately.

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Some 26 percent relied on family and friends for sustenance.

About 1 in 4 respondents (25 percent) stated their income did not meet up with their food needs.

The Northeast zone consists of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe States.

Some towns and communities considered the worst hit areas such as: Itas-Gadau, Alkaleri, Kirfi, Pali and Mansuru in Bauchi.

Also affected are Bama, Askira-Uba, Lassa, Chibok and Konduga in Borno and Kumi, Ardo-Kola, Zing, Ibi and Lau in Taraba.

Gulani, Gujba, Yunusari, Jakusko and Tarmuwa in Yobe are bearing the brunt while Dukku, Kaltungo, Jamari, Nafada and Laro in Gombe and Mubi, Wurobokki, Musathaka and Tashala in Adamawa also face hunger.

The public opinion poll was conducted through telephone interviews. A proportionate randomly selected sample of 1 000 phone-owning Nigerians, residents in the Northeast, aged 18 years and above, were interviewed.

The interviews were conducted mainly in Hausa, Pidgin English and English.

“The use of these languages reduces the likelihood of a non-response bias,” said NOIPolls.

- CAJ News


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