Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
The Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, approved N27.4 billion for victims of insecurity and flood across the country.
Briefing State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting that lasted for about seven hours, Kebbi State Governor and vice chairman of National Food Security Council, Atiku Bagudu, said FEC first approved the N8,558,529,755 for 69,872 victims of conflicts and insecurity, many of whom have been displaced from their homes with some now living in Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) camps.
He said the beneficiaries are spread across Adamawa, Benue, Borno, Plateau, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara.
The intervention includes provision of fertilizer, seedlings, chemicals, poultry and animals to enable them resume economic activity.
He said the contracts would be awarded to 15 companies to provide seedlings, agro chemicals and fertilisers to beneficiaries located in 14 states.
Bagudu said FEC also approved N18,942,818,912.14 for 116,117 victims of flood in Adamawa, Anambra, Beyelsa, Benue, Delta, Edo, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Niger, Rivers, Sokoto and Taraba.
He said the money would be used to provide fertiliser, seedlings, poultry products, among others to the beneficiaries.
As part of the work of national food security council, other interventions have been considered and are being worked upon by the benefiting communities and also the livestock sector.
Bagudu said “while support has been given in terms of accommodation, food, welfare, the national food security council considered the importance of helping them restore their livelihood activities, particularly agricultural activity.”