Boko Haram: food scarcity hit liberated communities

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Plant sprouting in the desert

Just in time, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) presented 2000 bags of 25kg of rice for displaced people in the state as communities liberated from Boko Haram are now faced with food shortage in the state.

In a The Nation report, findings revealed that returnees to liberated communities are facing serious food shortage as they strive to engage in farming activities which they abandoned in the last five years due to the capture of their communities by Boko Haram.

The State Deputy Governor Engr. Abubakar Aliyu who is also the Chairman of the State Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Construction Committee noted that the intervention is coming at a time the state is dire need of taking care of the displaced people who are either returning to their communities or staying in the IDP camps.

Engr. Aliyu also requested for the assistance of the Federal Government to help fast track the resettlement of Boko Haram victims and the speedy reconstruction of the destroyed communities and infrastructures in the state, adding that “it has become imperative for the state to relocate and resettled the displaced people with the return of peace in their communities”.

He also called on the Federal Government to release the balance of the share of 71 trucks of grains that was allocated to the state from the Federal Government Strategic Grains Reserve which the state received only 34 trucks.

Making the presentation, the Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, North East, Mohammed Kannar disclosed the commitment of the Federal Government to the upkeep of the displaced people in the state in particular and the North east in general.

He noted that the Federal Government through NEMA will continue to implement the systematic arrangement of taking care of the IDPs which he noted is enshrined in the National Contingence plan which include the provision of food, food security, rehabilitation, reconstruction, resettlement and integration.

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