- The government of China has donated 135,500 bags of rice to displaced persons in the northeastern part of Nigeria
- According to Bashir Garga, the national zonal coordinator of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), this was a humanitarian move by China to show its support for persons affected by the insurgency in the region
- Garga stated that the distribution of the package will be completed on or before the end of February
The People’s Republic of China has donated 135,500 bags of rice for distribution to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the north-east region of Nigeria.
Bashir Garga, the national zonal coordinator of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), revealed this in Maiduguri on Monday, February 19. Garga said the commodity was donated to the Nigerian government by the government of China as its humanitarian gesture to persons in the northeastern part of the country, The Guardian reports.
He said that 6,779 tonnes of rice were supplied to the agency for onward distribution to displaced persons in the six states of the zone.
The zonal coordinator added that the agency had worked out effective modalities to facilitate smooth distribution exercise which is supposed to be concluded by the end of February.
Garga stated that NEMA, as the lead agency under the National Humanitarian Response Plan (NHRP), formally announced the delivery of first consignment of 6,779 tonnes of rice.
Garga stated: “It is expected that the delivery of the 135,500 bags to the displaced persons in the region will be completed on or before the end of February.”
In his commendation of the government's efforts, Garga added that the support would handle, to a large extent, the humanitarian crisis caused by the insurgency.
He also said that the federal government has been distributing food items to persons displaced by terrorism under its Emergency Food Intervention in North-East (EFINE) since June, 2017.
He remarked: “It will be recalled that the government had distributed over 40,000 tonnes of assorted of grain to displaced persons under the programme in the north-east. Food items are being distributed on monthly basis to deserving households at Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps, liberated and host communities."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers on Wednesday, February 7, donated N200 million to the Benue state government for the upkeep of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.
Wike made the donation when he led other stakeholders in Rivers on a condolence visit to Governor Samuel Ortom in Makurdi.
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