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NEDC donates relief items to victims of insurgency in Borno

Managing Director NEDC, Alhaji Mohammed Alkali with DG SEMA Hajiya Yabawa Kolo and other officials giving out relief items for onward distribution to IDPs and repentant insurgents in Maiduguri.

The North East Development Commission (NEDC) has presented 10,000 bags of assorted food and non food items to victims of insurgency and repentant Boko Haram members to fast-track their resettlement process.

There are about 60,000 repentant Boko Haram fighters and their families undergoing deradicalization process in holding facilities in Borno state. 

Managing Director of the Commission, Alhaji Mohammed Akali said the relief items were meant to support the ongoing resettlement efforts by the state government. 

Alhaji Akali hinted that although the federal government has constituted an inter-agency committee to ensure seamless return of IDPs and repentant insurgents, the Commission, nevertheless, 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,” he explained.

Alhaji Akali said the Commission procured the food items from a food processing company in an effort to revive ailing industries in the region.

Appreciation

Receiving the items on behalf of the Borno state government, Director-General, Borno state Emergency Management Agency, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo thanked NEDC for the assistance. 

Hajiya Kolo said the intervention would go a long way in supporting the resettlement of displaced persons back to their ancestral homes.

She assured the Commission that the state government was committed to the deradicalization effort, aimed at ensuring that lasting peace was restored to Borno and the entire region. 

Donated items

Items presented included 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.

Reporting by Dauda iliya; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare and Tony Okerafor