FG to Use Aircraft to Distribute Relief Materials in Inaccessible Areas of Borno

...Nigerian Air Force to drop food and non-food items in locations that have been made inaccessible due to insecurity or the recent floods.”
Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development

Ms Sadiya Umar-Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, said the federal government will start using aircraft to deliver relief materials to dangerous and inaccessible Borno State areas.

Umar-Farouq, who was in Maiduguri on the weekend to deliver aid materials to the community, told the Borno Community Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, who was represented by the Borno State Deputy Governor, Mr Umar Kadafur, that “the process of coherently addressing vulnerability of affected communities requires that we adopt a ‘humanitarian-development- peace nexus’ approach within all our structures, systems, processes, and policy environment.

“Humanitarian action, social inclusion and protection policies and programmes, as well as, peace building structures must not be implemented as silo or serial processes. They are all required to occur in a concurrent and cohesive manner to ensure economic and social stability.”

“The National Humanitarian Coordination Committee (NHCC) and my ministry will work closely with the Borno State Government and other humanitarian stakeholders with the objective of alleviating and limiting the vulnerability of affected populations in Borno State and the rest of Nigeria.”

Umar-Farouq said the federal government noted that, due to the recent restriction of movement to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic disease and the inaccessibility of some communities as a result of floods and insecurity, the internally displaced persons would need more help in terms of basic necessities such as food.

She said that in an attempt to meet the needs of vulnerable citizens in the area, the federal government brought 26,067 bags of 12,5 kilograms of parboiled rice; 26,067 bags of 25 kilograms of beans; 26,067 bags of 12,5 kilograms of maize/millet; 1,304 bags of 20 kilograms of iodised salt; 2,607 bags of 20 litres of vegetable oil; 4,345 cartons of seasoning cubes and 2,173 cartons of tin tomatoes in 24/48

She noted that 26,067 households with a total population of 156,402 would care for the food products.

The minister said:

“However, to ensure that we are able to provide adequate support, I wish to request that the State Government provide the necessary information required to enable collaboration with the Nigerian Air Force to drop food and non-food items in locations that have been made inaccessible due to insecurity or the recent floods.”

She added that the North East Development Commission's Managing Director and the National Emergency Management Agency's Director-General will collaborate with the state government to provide the NHCC with the information needed to ensure that the measures are appropriate for the vulnerable communities that were identified.

The minister had previously visited Bauchi to supply food products that could compensate for COVID-19 as a palliative for 70,867 households.

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