By Ruth Oketunde
The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has distributed relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons in Katsina.
In addition to the relief materials, through NEMA, it also provided five cows to celebrate Sallah with the IDPs in the camp.
The items were distributed at the Model Primary School in Batsari Local Government Area of the state on Sunday, where the IDPs were camped.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the items donated include; 1000 bags of 12.5 kg rice, 1000 bags of 25 kg beans, 1000 bags of 12.5 kg maize, 50 cartons of Milo, 50 cartons of powdered milk, 50 bags of 50 kg Sugar, 167 cartons of seasoning, 83 cartons of tinned tomatoes and 2, 000 pieces of blankets.
Others were, 2, 000 pieces of mats, 2, 000 pieces of foam mattresses, 100 kegs of 20 litres of vegetable oil, 50 bags of 20 kg salt, 50 cartons of OMO detergents, 63 cartons of bath soap, 3,500 pieces of women’s clothing, 2,500 pieces of children’s clothing as well as five live cows.
AVM Muhammadu Mohammed (Rtd) Director General, NEMA, while inaugurating the relief distribution , in Katsina, said the food and non food items were meant to provide succour to the people who were displaced due to bandit attacks.
Mohammed, who was represented by Mr Godwin Tepikor, Assistant Director, Relief and Rehabilitation, NEMA, added that the items were sent to enable the displaced persons celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir happily.
“We are here with these items, as part of the federal government’s commitment to providing succour to persons affected by bandit attacks in this camp and also to slaughter these cows so that together, we can celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir with them,” he said.
He however, charged officials that would be in charge of the distribution, to do so with utmost transparency and fairness to all displaced persons.
Mr Kabiru Umar, Camp Manager, Model Primary School IDPs camp, Batsari, commended the federal government and assured that the food items would be judiciously used for the upkeep of the IDPs.
NAN reports that the camp which had no fewer than 3,600 IDPs presently, witnessed the birth of five newborn babies, comprising of four girls and a boy, while the celebration was ongoing.
A mother of one of the babies, Maryam Abubakar, appreciated the federal government for the donation. (NAN)