A total of 60,813 returnee IDPs had in the last two days received food and cash palliatives when Senator Kashim Shettima accompanied his successor, Governor Babagana Zulum to Gamboru, a border town in Gamboru-Ngala Local Government Area, of Borno state, Northeast Nigeria.
Gamboru is under Borno Central Senatorial District which Senator Shettima, a two-term former governor, represents at the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The visit is a first of its kind that would have Senator Shettima spending three nights in the remote frontline since he left office as Governor. Mr Shettima, like Zulum, was also known for visiting remote hinterlands on official duties when he was governor.
Spokesman of Governor Zulum said in a statement earlier shared with The Humanitarian Times that the two leaders "supervised and also got directly involved in the distribution of food and non-food items to a combined number of 60,813 internally displaced persons in camps and those resettled in communities".
The beneficiaries of the humanitarian response palliative during the visit comprised 39,903 women who each got 5,000 naira cash and a wrapper each, and 15,350 men, some of them married to the women, who also received 25kg of rice and 25kg of maize each.
"On the second day, another 5,560 IDPs recently resettled in Wulgo town also in Ngala LGA were supported,"
"Amongst them, 3,360 females received 5,000 Naira cash and a wrapper while 2,200 men got 25kg of rice and 25kg of maize each, all in Wulgo," Mr Gusau said.