The Borno State Government has launched a substantial food and non-food palliative distribution targeted at 300,000 households of six members each.
No fewer than 1.8 million people are expected to benefit, Governor, Babagana Zulum said, and disclosed that the initiative was in response to the recent economic hardships triggered by the withdrawal of subsidies from petroleum products.
“We are doing this food distribution in line with the federal government’s rolled-out palliative meant to cushion the effect of the subsidy removal on the vulnerable citizens”, the Governor disclosed.
The beneficiaries, including displaced persons from the Mafa local government area, expressed their gratitude for the timely assistance, as they had been facing food scarcity and rising commodity prices, making survival difficult.
One of the beneficiaries, Falmata Bulama thanked the state government, saying: “I am happy that we will have food to eat for days now, and we thank the government people for remembering us today”.