Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, yesterday, flagged off the distribution of 36,000 metric tonnes of food items donated to the victims of Boko Haram insurgency in Buratai District,and other local government areas in southern parts of the state.
Buratai is home town of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai which had suffered six different Boko Haram attacks, with over 60 killed in the area .
It would be recalled that the relief items was initially launched at Bakassi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp in Maiduguri , by Acting President Yemi Osibanjo, as part of Federal Government’s Emergency Food Intervention in the North East.
Flagging off the distribution exercise at the Palace of the District Head of Buratai, Alh. Mohammed Maina, the governor who was represented by his Deputy, Usman Mamman Durkwa, commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Acting President Osibanjo for their concerted efforts in degrading Boko Haram and donation of food items to millions of people, especially, IDPs, who have returned to the liberated communities, and are in dire need of food.
Durkwa said based on the enumeration conducted by officials of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Buratai alone, has a population of 3,268 with 545 households that will benefit from the distribution.
He pointed out that, the exercise which will be done in the communities of Hawul, Biu, Damboa, Shani, Bayo, Chibok, Kwaya Kusar and other local Government areas of Southern Borno is timely, considering the economic hardship being faced by IDPs .