By Bode Olushegun
Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum has distributed a total sum of N1 billion as social protection to the less privileged in the state.
Those that benefited from the gesture included 120,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) , 3,127 petty traders, 3,127 physically challenged persons and 28,162 youths engaged in waste – for- cash , following ban on political thuggery.
This disclosure was made at a press briefing in Maiduguri on Wednesday by the Chairperson of Borno State Emergency Management Agency (BOSEMA), Hajiya Yabawa Kolo.
Kolo, who enumerated the efforts of the governor in uplifting the lives of the IDPs and the vulnerable populace in the past one year, said other activities of the present administration not captured under physical projects included distribution of 600,000 bags and cartons of food varieties, as well as 126,000 pieces of wrappers to displaced women.
Kolo added that Zulum was in Niger and Cameroon Republics to support a combine total of about 200,000 refugees from Borno State, noting that the State was currently building homes in preparation for the voluntary and safe return of the refugees.
She said: “The Governor approved N1 billion as counterpart funding to the Bank of Industry to support small and medium-scale entrepreneurs amongst IDPs.”
She added that the government in a bid to provide palliatives to the people to cushion the effect of the preventive measures against COVID-19 pandemic, such as lockdown, distributed food items to 427,128 Vulnerable individuals and families in Abadam , Bama , Damboa, Gwoza , Jere , Kalabalge, Konduga, Mafa , Magumeri, MMC , Mobbar , Monguno, Ngala and Nganzai.
Kolo said persons living with disabilities were not left out as government distributed N93.8 million starter packs to members in MMC and Jere, adding that government also disbursed N60,000 each to 3,127 petty traders as soft loans to boost their capital in MMC and Jere.
She said government had supported 120,000 vulnerable women with cash support of 5,000, totalling N600 million in 14 local government areas of the state.