Acting President Yemi Osinbajo landed Maiduguri, Borno State capita, Thursday to launch the distribution of 30,000 metri tonnes of cereal to people negatively affected by Boko Haram terrorists.
The scheme which is under the Federal Government Emergency Food Intervention for the North.
This was three hours after the Nigerian Army and Boko Haram were engage on the outskirt of the city, which saw three of the insurgents killed themselves. Total of 15 persons were reportedly said to have died in the shootout.
Osinbajo’s words: “I came here to inaugurate the quarterly food distribution to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
“We are saying we do not take lightly challenges faced by brothers and sisters in the Northeast.
Osinbajo pointed out that the cereals to be distributed are locally sourced.
He further said that that was always the vision of President Muhammdu Buhari, that is to eat what we grow. He added that the cereal distributed would by handled by National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) officials.
“The method to be used would be from house to house distribution in order to forestall situation where beneficiaries would have to wait endlessly for their turn.
“This time there won’t be queue, as this is undinifying. Rather the food would be distributed from door to door with the use of voucher system to facilitate efficient planning purpose and transparent distribution. This will also help in our data collection”
Dignitaries at the flag off programme were Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno, his counterpart Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi, amongst others.
Other represented by aide were Yobe and Gombe governors. Minister of State for Power, Alhaji Baba Shehuri and Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung were also in attendance.