NewsHardship: Zulum Flags Off Distribution Of Food Items To 100,000 Vulnerable Families

Hardship: Zulum Flags Off Distribution Of Food Items To 100,000 Vulnerable Families

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February 28, (THEWILL) – Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, has flagged off the distribution of food items to over 100,000 vulnerable households in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council and Jere Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking to journalists after flagging off the distribution, Zulum said it was aimed at mitigating the hardship triggered by the rising costs of food items and other essential commodities in the country.

He reiterated his administration’s commitment to prioritising the welfare of the people, especially those facing extreme hardship as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency.

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Each of the 100,000 households received a bag of 25kg rice and 25kg maize.

Zulum emphasised the need for continued support to the people with a view to tackling the hardship in the land.

“We are here today to flag off the distribution of food items to 100,000 heads of households from Maiduguri Metropolitan and its environs. Everyone in Nigeria is aware of the hardship people face regarding food shortages.

“All the preceding food distribution exercises we had conducted were carried out in other local government areas. Today, because of the hardship faced by our people, we decided to come and flag off the exercise here for the people of Metropolitan and its environs. These communities have not benefited immensely compared to other places.”

Zulum noted that the exercise targets the most vulnerable members of society in order to reduce the burden of the high cost of living in the metropolis.

He equally announced that the distribution of the palliative would be scaled up from 100,000 households to over 200,000 families to cover other places, including seven local government areas in southern Borno.

“We have flagged off the distribution of the palliative for 100,000 today. My intention is not to stop at 100,000 households. We believe before the end of Ramadan, we shall reach up to 200,000 across the state.

“Wherever there is insurgency, they may experience a food crisis because of the limited access to the agricultural land. For this reason, in Borno State, we have started the distribution of palliatives since 2011,” Zulum said.

Speaking further, Zulum said, “As long as I am the Governor of Borno State, the distribution of palliatives will continue. However, I want to stress that while the palliative distribution continues, we will continue investing in commercial and subsistence agriculture.”

The Governor urged the people, particularly those who do not have a means of livelihood, to engage in agriculture, while assuring them of all the needed support, including free buses, agricultural inputs and cash support.

“The FG has also rolled out an agricultural scheme under the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and in Borno State, we have programmes to boost irrigation and commercial farming.

“We have started distributing food palliative care since 2011 and are doing our best. I call on our people to be patient because the government handles the crisis. What we are doing is enormous, but as a responsive and responsible government, we shall continue to do our best to cushion the effects of the hardship,” he added.

He, however, warned that his administration would not condone anyone sabotaging its efforts in peace-building.

“Some people are trying to instigate the public to cause disturbances. Let me warn the people of Borno, anybody who decides to take laws into his/her hands and politicise the food crisis we are currently facing will be dealt with ruthlessly,” the Governor cautioned.

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I am Ladi Dapson, a general writer with thewill. I cover Borno and Yobe states respectively.

I based Maiduguri, Borno State Capital.

I can be reached via ladi4media@gmail.com.

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I am Ladi Dapson, a general writer with thewill. I cover Borno and Yobe states respectively. I based Maiduguri, Borno State Capital. I can be reached via ladi4media@gmail.com. Very high and kind regards!

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