Zulum shares farm inputs to boost production of rice, vegetables
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has distributed rice, maize grits, spaghetti, cooking oil and seasonings to 3, 500 Internally Displaced Person (IDP) households in Borno State.
The closure of Teachers Village camp brought the number of camps closed at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camp, Farm Centre and the Mohammed Goni College of Legal and Islamic Studies (MOGOLIS) IDP camps in Maiduguri to four.
Presenting the food rations in Maiduguri, at the weekend, Director-General of NEMA, Ahmed Habib, who was represented by the Director of Relief and Rehabilitation, Alhassan Nuhu, disclosed that the distribution of the items was to enable IDPs to resettle and continue with their livelihood activities in communities.
“Today’s event was to fast track the return of displaced households from this camp to their respective local councils and host communities,” he said, adding that the agency also sent food items to the IDPs at Bakkasi camp and other communities in Maiduguri.
He explained that the intervention was part of Federal Government support to return displaced persons from camps, adding that the exercise was to show that the government remained committed to their return to the liberated communities.
North East Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Lydia Wagami, also assured that the agency would sustain the support to returnees for their basic needs of life in camps and host communities.
Some of the beneficiaries pledged to engage in activities that could improve their livelihoods in Doron/Baga Community affected by insurgency in 2016.
MEANWHILE, Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has distributed irrigation and farm inputs to 2,000 farmers to boost the production of rice and vegetables in Mobbar and Abadam councils.
The governor shared water pumps, rice seedlings, fertilizers, herbicides, 2, 000 and 50, 000 litres each of lubricants and petrol to boost the 2021/22 Damasak Irrigation Scheme in the Kumadugu/Yobe River Basin that was disrupted by Boko Haram insurgency.
Presenting the input packages at the weekend in Damasak, he disclosed that farmers from Abadam Council, yet to be resettled would participate in the dry season irrigation scheme.
Besides the inputs, Zulum, who also directed the release of funds to sink 500 tube wells for an uninterrupted supply of irrigation water for their rice fields, assured the farmers that as soon as their communities were rebuilt, they would return to resume their farming and fishing activities.
While inspecting the N450 million constituency water project facilitated by a representative of Borno North Senatorial District, Sen. Abubakar Kyari, the governor disclosed that 950,000 litres of potable water would be provided in Damasak, a border community with Niger.