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  • Updated: April 20, 2024

Borno: Why palliative distribution is not my priority — Zulum

Borno: Why palliative distribution is not my priority — Zu

The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Umara Zulum has revealed why palliative distribution to residents by his administration is not a priority.

The Governor who was speaking at a palliative distribution exercise in Gajiram, Nganzai Local Government Area of the State on Saturday said the exercise was a necessity for his administration, not a priority. 

He explained that it was necessary to address the immediate needs of the people affected by over a decade-old Boko Haram insurgency and lay the foundation for a lasting solution.

He explained that the priority was to ensure that people were resettled and had their means of livelihood instead of waiting for government palliatives.

The governor noted that despite the security challenges, the state has recorded remarkable development in infrastructure, health, education, security and other sectors.

The governor's media aide, Abdurrahman Ahmed Bundi who made this known in a statement on Saturday said Zulum emphasized the need to establish a sustainable foundation for long-term development rather than relying on short-term solutions like the palliative distribution.

He said: “We are not creating dependency. You can see our efforts in reviving the agricultural sector. People should take note that what we are doing is necessary. We only give food items in places extremely affected by insurgency and gradually, we are transiting out."

At the palliative distribution exercise, Zulum led the distribution of food and non-food items, including N25 million cash to over 25,000 families comprising 10,000 males and 15,000 females.

According to Bundi, each of the male heads of households received a bag of rice and a bag of maize grain, while about 15,000 families each received one wrapper and N5,000 cash.

The Governor equally acknowledged the receipt of 15,000 bags of rice from the Federal Government through the North East Development Commission (NEDC) and appreciated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and management of the NEDC for the support.

He said: “Let me acknowledge the receipt of about 15,000 bags of rice from the North East Development Commission (NEDC). The rice we distribute here is part of the donation, while the Borno State Government donated the maize, wrappers and cash. 

“I wish to extend our sincere gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the management of NEDC for the support.”

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