Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum on Sunday shared about N80 million cash to displaced families in Banki, a commercial border town in Bama local government area, Borno central.
The Governor’s spokesman, Isa Gusau disclosed this in a statement made available on Monday.
According to the statement, Zulum carried out the humanitarian work in the company of the Federal Commissioner in charge of National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally displaced Persons, Senator Basheer G. Mohammed and the Acting Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Alhaji Ali Grema.
“Together, they distributed N80m cash to households in Banki. The Banki camp hosts about 42,000 IDPs mainly from Banki, Kumshe and other surrounding communities.
“Each male and female beneficiary was given N5,000 to enable them to procure food items.”
Zulum sympathised with the displaced families over their plight and assured that the government will devise means of ensuring food sufficiency ‘while Banki -Bama road will be made motorable.
The Governor also informed them of the desire of the government to resettle Banki town.
District Head of Banki, Baba Shehu Arjinoma thereafter led stakeholders and IDPs to express gratitude to the government of Borno and the federation for demonstration of empathy.
At the 152 Battalion in Banki which was visited by the delegation, Zulum appreciated officers and soldiers for their sacrifice to protect lives and property.
The Governor and commanding officers rubbed minds on a wide range of issues relating to the delivery of food items to the community, provision of security to the returnees, the resuscitation of farming activities, and plans for the evacuation of refugees from Cameroon to be settled in Banki.
Zulum, accompanied by the Federal delegation, drove around Banki town to assess ongoing construction works during which he directed resumption of clearing works preparatory to community resettlement in the next one month.
Earlier, the Governor who was in Abuja for series of developmental activities flew to Diffa on Friday with Senator Mohammed and Alhaji Grema.
The governor and the federal team visited Nigerians taking refuge in Niger republic to assess their welfare and to follow up discussions with stakeholders on how to fast-track the safe and dignified return of the refugees in Diffa for resettlement in Borno.
The trio later held a meeting with the Governor of Diffa province, Alh. Isa Lameen, and expressed gratitude to Nigerien Government and host community members for their empathy and support for Nigerian refugees in camps in the province.
On the same day, Zulum and the federal team flew a chopper to Damasak, headquarters of Mobbar local government area in northern Borno state where they interacted with batches of former refugees who returned from Niger Republic.
The leaders also inspected temporary shelters newly built to accommodate over 1000 households.
Also in Damasak, Zulum paid a morale-boosting visit to 29 Task Force Brigade, assuring the military of government’s support for soldiers and commitment to peacebuilding efforts.