Chris Steven, Abuja
Succour has come the way of over 1000 families and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Northeast state of Borno as a Non Governmental Organization, Peace Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Initiative (PRRI) donated a cash of N10million to them to alleviate their condition after overcoming the problem of insurgency.
The gesture according to the Executive Secretary of the NGO, Dr Sam Ode, is targeted at providing a source of livilihood for the returning families whose communities have been ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency.
He revealed that his NGO visited Biu Local Government in Borno state where it gave raw cash support of N10million and food stuffs worth over N10million to the returning families.
Other communities visited according to him were Buratai, Sabon Gari, Kwajafa, Shaffa, Biu IDP camps where he disclosed that financial assistance was also extended to some cooperative societies.
The Executive Secretary of the organization while briefing news men in his office in Abuja at the weekend said it was quite challenging as to rebuild the destroyed communities noting that no government or individual can completely rebuild what was destroyed by the insurgents.
He added that the organisation has resolved to give improved seedlings procured from International Institute for Tropital Agriculture (IITA),Ibadan to help the farmers boost their yields in the coming years.
Dr. Ode noted that agriculture is key to the development of any nation and remains the first line of any action plan to deliver people from economic hardships.
He said PRRI is keen to see that the returning families are empowered.
According to him, the PRRI team is moving to Yobe and Adamawa State where the team have identified some villages and the inhabitants have fully returned home as a result of military operations which have restored normalcy to the area.
While recalling their experience during the tour and distribution of farming materials, he said some communities have not received a grain of rice or corn from any government or organization which is very pathetic adding that while waiting for the Federal Government to reach out to the IDPs, well spirited individuals must be encouraged to support the IDPs particularly those who have returned to their communities with food, money and farming facilities to help them totally recover .
Ode who was full of praises for President Muhammadu Buhari and the military for the successes recorded against insurgency in the North East, informed newsmen that the level of devastation suffered in the region before military interventions to reclaim those lost territories cannot be quantified in material terms.
The PRRI, led by the Executive Secretary, Sam Ode said it has now given over N40 million as part of its philanthropic gesture to the various communities it has visited in Borno state