SEMA distributes food, non-food items to Borno IDPs

By Hamza Suleiman

The Borno Emergency Management Agency (BOSEMA) has donated food and non-food items worth millions of Naira to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the Gubio camp in Maiduguri.

While handing over the items to the camp leaders, the BOSEMA Director General, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo, said that the relief items were designed to provide livelihood support for the displaced families.

Kolo said that the items included 400 bags of maize, 50 bags of beans, 50 bags of cooking oil and 30 cartons of Maggi.

She explained that the gesture was to improve food availability during the lean season where there was a likelihood of food insecurity.

The director-general said that the supply of condiment was the major role of the agency, while the provision of grains was normally the responsibility of the World Food Programme and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

She noted that due to the shortfalls of funding and other reasons, the agency had not supplied the food items for almost six months.

“So, we decided to add grains in our supply to ease their hardship.

“The camp is housing IDPs from nine local government areas in the state. The food distribution would be done by their supervisors,” he said.

Kolo said that due to huge demands, the agency was giving priority to female households, vulnerable, widows and physically challenged.

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