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Zulum doles out N25 million, food items to 25,000 families

Borno governor, Babagana Zulum, has distributed the sum of N25 million to 25,000 families in the state.

The governor said his administration’s distribution of palliatives was necessary to balance addressing the immediate needs of the people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency and laying the groundwork for a lasting economic development.

Zulum maintained that while food palliatives were distributed to vulnerable people most affected by the over-one-decade crisis, remarkable development has been achieved in all the critical sectors such as healthcare, education, security, and infrastructure in Borno State.

Zulum stated that the palliative distribution was to salvage communities whose sources of livelihood were cut off due to the activities of Boko Haram insurgents.

He made these remarks on Saturday while speaking to journalists in Gajiram, Nganzai Local Government Council, in the northern part of the state.

Zulum stressed the need to establish a sustainable foundation for long-term development rather than relying on short-term solutions like palliative distribution.

“We are not creating dependency. You can see our efforts in reviving the agricultural sector,” Zulum said.

“People should take note that what we are doing is necessary. We only give food items in places extremely affected by insurgency and gradually, we are transiting out.

The governor supervised the distribution of food and non-food items and N25 million cash to over 25,000 families, comprising 10,000 males and 15,000 females.

Each male head of household received a bag of rice and a bag of maize grain, while about 15,000 families each received one wrapper and N5,000 cash.

Zulum commended the federal government, noting that Borno has received about 15,000 bags of rice from the North East Development Commission (NEDC).

“Let me acknowledge the receipt of about 15,000 bags of rice from the NEDC. The rice we distribute here is part of the donation, while the Borno State Government donated the maize, wrappers, and cash,” Zulum said.

“I wish to extend our sincere gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the management of NEDC for the support.”

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