BY INUSA NDAHI, MAIDUGURI
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has began routine monthly food distribution for about 38,000 Internally Displaced persons in camps, Host communities and accessible liberated communities in Borno state.
Since displacement for over a decade now, IDPs in Borno State have been receiving food items provided by NEMA on a monthly basis.
While Speaking to correspondent Thursday during the flag off of presentation of the food items to the IDPs at Bakassi camp Maiduguri, the NEMA Team Leader, Flight Lieutenant Umar Sani, said the distribution was in continuation of the routine monthly distribution to designated areas in the state.
The designated areas included 17 camps located within and outside the state capital, as well as three camps in liberated areas of Jakana, Mainok and Benesheik making a total of 38,000 households benefitting in Borno state.
He said the food items were approved for distribution by the Director General NEMA AVM Muhammadu Muhammed (rtd) as part of the federal government’s efforts to ease the hardship of IDPs displaced by insurgency.
Sani noted that “the agency has so far covered 7,400 households in Bakassi camp, while other camps will follow till the exercise is completed”.
According to him, “each household will get 25kg of beans, 12.5kg of rice, 12.5kg of maize and condiment that will last for one month”.
He however urged the IDPs not to sell the items provided to them as government would not condone such negative practice.