From Okwe Obi, Abuja
The Federal Government has flagged off the distribution of food and non-food items in Borno state to assuage the plight of residents affected by the scourge of insecurity.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, said that the aim was to address the rapidly deteriorating food insecurity situation in the North East and Borno State in particular.
Some of the items distributed included: 20 bags of rice(25k), 20 cartons of Spaghetti, 20 gallons of vegetable oil, 15,000 pieces of blankets, mattresses, mats, 4,000 sets of children’s wear, 8,000 pieces of wrappers and mosquito nets; and 5,000 pairs of slippers.
Others are 3,800 pieces of cooking stoves, grinding machines, netting machines, sewing machines, weaving machines, men brocade and 1000 packs of antiseptic soaps.
The minister, in a statement by her Special Adviser on Media, Nneka Ikem Anibaze, said: “Food insecurity in Nigeria is caused by many factors including insecurity, climate change, poverty and the outbreak of COVID 19 pandemic.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has shown commitment to addressing the issues of food insecurity and malnutrition by initiating the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS).
“The strategy specifically aims to address hunger, malnutrition and poverty through economic growth and social protections programmes, she said.
While receiving the items, Borno State governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, thanked the Federal Government for its untiring support towards providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Borno state.