The government plans to provide support to the city’s 100,000 indigent dwellers who lost their livelihood means in the Boko Haram conflict
MAIDUGURI: Away from the usual deployment of food and related handouts to IDPs in deep reach locations, Governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum, had Wednesday, May 17, flagged off the distribution of foods and cash palliative to the residents of Maiduguri, the state capital, who have suffered all forms of deprivation as a result of the Boko Haram conflict.
The Borno state government said it is targeting over 100,000 poor people in Maiduguri and Jere local government areas who are finding it difficult to make ends meet due to the ongoing Boko Haram conflict.
On the fifth leg of the paliative distribution exercise on Wednesday, Governor Zulum supervised the sharing of food, clothing and cash to a selected 6000 men and women selected from Gwange I, II and III wards of MMC.
“The Governor supervised the sharing of N30m to 3,000 women each, who received the sum of N10,000 alongside a wrapper and a carton of food items containing packets of spaghetti, macaroni, semolina, salt, sugar, and seasoning,” Isa Gusau, the Governor’s spokesman said.
“Zulum also distributed 3,000 bags of rice (50kg) to each of 3,000 men.
“The combined number of 6,000 men and women were drawn from the three wards in Gwange (made up of Gwange I, II, and III) with 2,000 beneficiaries identified from each of the wards.
“The Governor explained that while Borno State Government provided the N30m cash and wrappers distributed to women, the Federal Government through the Nigerian Customs Service as well Dangote Foundation differently provided the bags of rice and cartons of food packs distributed on Wednesday.
“Zulum thanked the Customs and Dangote Foundation for the contributions.
“He urged citizens to sustain prayers for the full return of peace across Borno State and all parts of Nigeria. “
The Humanitarian Times recalls that with Wednesday’s palliative distribution, a total of 18,000 persons have so far benefited in five distributions that covered nine wards from which 2,000 persons were identified from each of the wards.
Shettu Muhammad, one of the beneficiaries that got the palliative support at the Filin Parade in Gwange ward said she is a happy woman.
“Today is my happiest day because this food item will go a long way in alleviating our sufferings. I will use the N10,000 given to me to start a little business that will support me and my four children,” she said.