By Malam Ahmed
Director-General Of Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), lauded North East Development Commission for its support to the rehabilitation and resettlement programme of Borno state government.
The North East Development Commission (NEDC) on Saturday donated 38,000 bags of maize, rice, spaghetti and non food items to the Borno State Government for onward distribution to repentant Boko Haram insurgents and their families as well as other victims of insurgency undergoing rehabilitation and deradicalization exercises at the designated rehabilitation centers in the state.
Hajiya Yabawa kolo , The director general of Borno state emergency agency (SENA) said the gesture was inline with the passionate commitment of Gov. Babagana Zulum’s administration, to address the plight of people displaced by the insurgency.
In her remarks while receiving the items on behalf of the Borno State Government, Yabawa Kolo, thanked NEDC for the assistance, while assuring that the intervention will go a long way in the resettlement of displaced persons to their ancestral homes.
She stressed that the state government is committed to the deradicalization effort to ensure lasting peace is restored to Borno and the entire region.
According to her, the items presented include 10,000 bags of 25kg rice, 10,000 bags of maize grids, 4,000 cartons of spaghetti, 4,000 gallons of cooking oil, 5,000 blankets and 5,000 plastic mats.
NEDC donates 38,000 bags of maize, rice, others to Borno IDPs
While handing over the relief materials to the Borno State Government, the Managing Director/CEO, NEDC, Alhaji Mohammed Akali noted that the items were donated as a support to the ongoing resettlement exercise of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.
Alhaji Alkali said with the gradual return of peace in the Northeast and efforts of the state government in resettling IDPs displaced by the insurgency, it became necessary for the Commission to assist the Northeast in having a seamless resettlement programme as part of the post insurgency rebuilding process.
He added that although federal government has constituted an inter-agency Committee to ensure seamless return of IDPs and repentant insurgents, the Commission deemed it necessary to provide palliatives to those in camps and newly resettled communities.
“We thought it very necessary to assist the state government in providing some palliatives in terms of food and non food items so that those who are around especially those in the camps and those who have moved back to their domain or resettled somewhere should be assisted before the federal government effort should materialise”.
” Alkali disclosed that the Commission procured the food items from a food processing company in the state in an effort to revive ailing industries in the region”.
He Further explained that ” For instance, the 10,000 bags of maize grits is bought directly from Maiduguri Flour Mill, to boost its operational capital and production capacity,” he said.