Presidency Takes 930 Trailer Load Of Food Items To States Under Emergency
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has directed that over 25,000 metric tons of assorted food items be released to states affected by the emergency rule in the north.
Minister for state for Finance, Dr. Yerima Ngama disclosed this to newsmen in Damaturu, recently.
According to the Minister, he personally made the appeal to the president alongside his colleague, Minister of state for Agriculture, Tijani Bukar, considering the plight of the people under the emergency rule.
The Minister stated that insecurity has caused untold hardship for the people, especially with the restriction of movement which has drastically reduced and frustrated farming activities in the affected states.
According to him, 25,000 metric tons of food translates to 930 trailer-loads of food stuff, including over half a million bags of maize, millet and guinea corn.
He further explained that the food stuff will be released in batches due to its large quantity.
Borno state, according to him will get 324 trailers due to the fact that it is the largest and worst hit by the insurgency, while Yobe and Adamawa will get 195 and 170 loads of trailers respectively.
Dr. Yerima Ngama further explained that the Federal government has approved the sum of N250M for the purchase of rice, cooking oil and other accessories to be distributed to the states affected by the emergency rule.
He said that in Yobe state, all the 178 wards will be given a trailer-load each while the remaining will be shared among civil servants, police, army and other relevant organizations within the state.
The Minister noted that the people of Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states will remain grateful to the president for his unprecedented kind gesture, while urging all those who will be involved in the distribution of the food stuff to ensure a hitch-fee exercise.