By Hamza Suleiman, Maiduguri.
The Government of Saudi Arabia has donated relief materials to total of 16,000 households that are victims of insurgency in Borno State.
The donation was the third provided to the insurgency victims in Borno by the Saudi authorities, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid Relief Centre.
The relief materials were distributed to the beneficiaries by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
In his message at the distribution ceremony on Thursday at Muna Kumburi IDPs camp, the Director-General of NEMA, Mustafa Habib, said that similar support was extended to victims in Yobe and Zamfara.
Habib was represented by Hajiya Fatima Kassim, Acting Director of Planning of the NEMA.
“The centre had donated 16,000 food baskets of relief materials to 16,000 households in Borno State for two cycles of 8,000 households each in different camps in December 2022.
“Each household is expected to have a 59.8-kilogram basket of food made up of 25 kilograms of rice; 25 kilograms of beans; 4 kilograms of Masavita flour, 2 kilograms of tomato paste; litres of groundnut oil; 1 kilogram of salt and 0.8 kilogram of maggi cubes.
“The first phase of the intervention was carried out in December 2022 at El-Miskin, Doro, Ashiri, Shuwari camps and Nganzai town.
“This second phase will take place in Muna Kumburi, Gongulon, Madinatu I and Madinatu II camps,” he said.
Habib said that the food assistance would go a long way in alleviating the sufferings of the victims.
The director-general assured that the food distribution would be effectively handled by NEMA, in collaboration with the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, to ensure that it reached the intended beneficiaries.
Some of the beneficiaries, Kolomi Mustafa, Jidda Annur, Aisha Kachalla and Falmata Mustafa, lauded the gesture, saying it was timely and a big relief to many families.