Borno Development Foundation (BDF) presented food items worth over 70 Million Naira to the Borno state Government which was received by the Borno state Governor Prof. Babagana Umara Zullum at the Muna IDP Camp.
The Chairman Palliative Implementation Committee of Borno Development Foundation Alhaji Mohammed Makinta while handing over the items informed the Executive Governor that the palliative support is from indigenes of Borno and friends of indigenes of Borno who contributed the little they have. The chairman noted that the exercise and contribution will continue and hoped that they will intervene in a larger way.
Alhaji Makinta stated that the foundation has a total contribution of N37Million Naira, $50,000 US Dollars, and Cooking Oil worth N14million Naira. He noted that the items are for 5,000 households and each household will get 1 bag of 10kg Biski, 1 bag of 5kg Rice, and 1 Gallon of Cooking Oil.
The committee handed over food items for 3,750 households to kick start of the distribution and the remaining 1,250 food items will be distributed to camps accommodating IDPs from southern Borno.
The Muna camp is said to be the largest host community camp accommodating more than 50,000 households from 8 Local Government Areas of the state.
The Executive Governor of Borno State while receiving the items expressed his appreciation for the kind gesture by sons and daughters of Borno as he was overwhelmed and urged indigenes of Borno state to come together to move Borno State forward. Gov. Zullum assured the committee that the Government of Borno State will give them all the necessary support.
The Governor expressed his deep appreciation to BDF for their noble cause stating that:
“Time has gone that indigenes of Borno State will be fighting each other, this is a very good time that we shall converge together at this critical time to see how we can develop our dear State.”
The Governor also stressed that the issue of supporting the IDPs cannot be done by the Government alone.
He said “to my own observation, this contribution is not partisan or political and I think is a shared wish of concerned citizens of Borno state, am calling upon them to continue in this spirit to involve other indigenes that have not contributed to see how we can move Borno State forward”.
Governor Zullum in his final remarks said it is compulsory for the government of Borno State to cooperate with whoever wishes to assist the state and appreciated the foundation for their support. The Governor then presented some of the items to the IDPs with support from SEMA.