Borno Governor Supports Volunteer Groups In Bama

Abubakar Mohammed, Maiduguri 

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Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, has distributed cash and food items to 683 volunteers helping the military to fight boko haram in Bama town, North-East Nigeria.

About fourteen million, five hundred and eighty thousand naira (N14,580,000) alongside one thousand three hundred and sixty-six bags of food were distributed.

Governor Zulum also distributed two bags of rice and maize to each of 683 volunteers, making 1,366 bags in total, with cooking oil and 10 yards of brocade to each of the 683 members

The volunteers comprised of 313 members of the ‘Civilian Joint Task Force, 105 hunters, 155 local vigilantes and 110 members of a border vigilante group called ‘Kesh-Kesh’.

The Governor in a statement during the distribution said, Bama is identified as worst affected by boko haram insurgency, according to a 2016 assessment report co-authored by the World Bank, the EU, United Nations and Nigerian Government.

Governor Zulum also reached out to 90,000 vulnerable people in Bama with money, food and textiles.

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In a collaborative effort the North East Development Commission NEDC, Nigeria Customs services, and the Ministry of humanitarian affairs and Disaster management shared food items to 60,000 male residents each received two bags of rice and maize while the Borno State government provided money and textiles to 30,000 female residents in Bama.

Speaking to journalists at the distribution ground Governor Zulum revealed that substantial quantity of the food he shared came from the food launched by President Muhammadu Buhari as special support for the North-East, during the 2022 World Humanitarian Day which held on August 18 in Maiduguri.

The governor appreciated President Buhari, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) and heads of NEDC and NEMA for their compassion towards the people of Borno state.

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