IDPs: FG Delivers Grains To 12,000 Households In One Week

IDPs: FG Delivers Grains To 12,000 Households In One Week

Acting President Osinbajo on Friday received an update at the end of the first week of the Federal Government’s Special Relief Intervention Plan to deliver comprehensive humanitarian aid especially food to persons displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East

The update showed that under the initiative to address food shortage in the camps and other settlements of displaced persons, which was launched in Maiduguri on June 8 by Osinbajo, assorted grains have been delivered to internally displaced persons in 12, 691 households in Borno State, through over 1000 trucks.

A statement by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity in the Office of the Vice President, quoted the implementation team as assuring that the issue of diversion of relief materials including food and related matters which has dogged food delivery to the IDPs would be significantly curbed under the new distribution matrix adopted under the initiative.

“For instance, over 1000 trucks of assorted grains are now on course, delivering the grains intact to beneficiaries since the commencement of the present programme as against the reported diversion of over 50 trucks in every 100 trucks sent to the North-East,” the statement said.

Commenting, Acting President Osinbajo described the system as “a unique operation that promises to deliver on a well laid out plan, assuring all that the process would remain transparent and the objectives fully actualized,” after listening to a presentation from the team at the Presidential Villa in the company of National Assembly members from the northeast.

He assured that aside the emergency food distribution, “government will deliver on a holistic plan that includes empowerment, because empowerment is an important feature of the relief intervention.”

The problems, he admitted, “are immense and huge, especially when the enormity of the problem is compared to available resources,’’ even as the Federal Government remains determined to deliver humanitarian aid through a process that is transparent and effective.

Prof. Osinbajo solicited the support of the National Assembly, especially members representing the region, to enable government realise its objective of maintaining an effective humanitarian service delivery, led by the Nigerian government.

Continuing, he sought support for the “team because a lot of attention is focused on us especially including from the international community.

“We need to be responsible and do this efficiently, and monitor performance on a regular basis. It is a good opportunity to prove that we can handle these efforts very well,” he added.

The statement added that 656 armed police personnel, in all, would be involved in the movement of the grains from various reserves across the country to designated warehouses of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the North-East for onward distribution to beneficiaries.

Another 1,376 military personnel would escort the grains to some IDPs in the hinterlands across the affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.

Lawmakers present at the meeting commented on the mode of intervention and the kind of aid provided to the IDPs, calling for the integration of empowerment and provision of agricultural inputs as part of aid provided to the IDPs, under the present phase of the Federal Government intervention.