Forty-Eight families of Zabarmari farmers killed last Saturday have received N600,000 each and bags of food items from a committee assigned by Governor Babagana Umara Zulum to channel donations to the victims.
The fund came from combined support of N20m by the Northern Governors Forum and N5m from the Northeast Development Commission, NEDC.
A committee, chaired by Borno’s Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Saina Buba undertook Thursday’s distribution in Zabarmari. The committee included a member of House of Representatives, representing Jere federal constituency, member of Borno Assembly representing Jere, two special advisers and chairman-elect for Jere Local Council.
About 13,000 bags of rice, maize and beans; 1,300 cans of vegetable oil; 2116 cartons of seasoning cubes; 1083 tomato and 650 sachets of salt were donated by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development for distribution to the families, Committee Chairman, Buba announced.
He noted that the N600,000 cash and food varieties should not be seen as compensation for the death of their loved ones, but to reduce hardship resulting from gaps in access to livelihoods created by the death of mostly male victims, who are breadwinners of those affected.