The Federal government has concluded plans to begin substantial air-dropping of food and relief materials to dangerous parts of Borno state.
Sadiya Umar Farouq minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development made this disclosure in Maiduguri during the weekend to distribute relief materials.
Talking to the state governor, Babagana Zulum, represented by the deputy, Alhaji Umar Ƙadafur, Sadiya said “Your Excellency, we have noted and are aware that due to the recent restriction of movement to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic and inaccessibility of communities, due to floods and insecurity; vulnerable persons, especially the IDPs, may require further support in terms of basic necessities, including food from the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“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.”
For a household of 26,067 with a total population of 156,402, the federal government is donating 26,067 bags of 12.5kg parboiled rice; 26,067 bags of 25kg beans; 26,067 bags of 12.5kg maize/millet; 1,304 bags of 20kg iodized salt; 2,607 kegs of vegetable oil; 4,345 cartons of seasoning cubes; and 2,173 cartons of tin tomato.