Borno Governor Distributes N25 Million, Food Items to 25,000 Families Affected by Insurgency

Borno State Governor Zulum distributes N25M, food, and wrappers to 25,000 families affected by Boko Haram, aiming to balance immediate needs and promote long-term self-reliance in the region.

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Borno Governor Distributes N25 Million, Food Items to 25,000 Families Affected by Insurgency

Borno Governor Distributes N25 Million, Food Items to 25,000 Families Affected by Insurgency

Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum distributed N25 million, food items, and wrappers to over 25,000 families affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in Gajiram, Nganzai Local Government Area on Thursday. The distribution aimed to balance the immediate needs of the people and strengthen the grassroots for lasting change, rather than creating dependency.

During the distribution event, each male head of household received a bag of rice, a bag of maize, and each family received one wrapper and N5,000 cash. Zulum emphasized that the regular provision of food assistance is not aimed at creating dependency on the government, but rather to support communities whose livelihoods were severely affected by the activities of Boko Haram insurgents.

Why this matters: The distribution of aid to families impacted by the Boko Haram insurgency highlights the ongoing efforts to assist and restore communities in Borno State. It underscores the importance of balancing short-term relief with long-term sustainable development strategies to promote self-reliance and resilience among affected populations.

Governor Zulum stressed the importance of establishing a solid basis for long-term progress rather than relying solely on short-term solutions like palliative distribution. He noted that the state has made significant progress in essential sectors such as healthcare, education, security, and infrastructure, despite the security challenges posed by the insurgency.

Zulum expressed gratitude to the federal government for its support, particularly the allocation of 15,000 bags of rice through the North-East Development Commission (NEDC). "I want to specially commend President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the management of the North East Development Commission for supporting us with 15,000 bags of rice," the governor stated.

The distribution exercise was supervised by the governor and assisted by government officials, including the member representing Nganzai at the House of Representatives and the member of the state House of Assembly. Zulum reiterated that the goal is to move beyond palliative distribution and focus on reviving the agricultural sector and other critical sectors to promote self-reliance and sustainable development in the affected communities.

Key Takeaways

  • Borno governor distributed N25M, food, and wrappers to 25,000 families affected by Boko Haram.
  • Assistance aims to balance immediate needs and promote long-term self-reliance, not create dependency.
  • Governor stressed importance of sustainable development beyond just palliative distribution.
  • Borno made progress in healthcare, education, security, and infrastructure despite insurgency challenges.
  • Federal government provided 15,000 bags of rice through the North-East Development Commission.