By Bode Olushegun
Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Mai-Mala Buni, has commenced the distribution of relief materials to internally-displaced persons (IDPs) who recently returned to their homelands.
IDPs returned to Gaidam, Gujba, Gulani and Yunusari Local Government Areas of the state.
Speaking at the flag off of the distribution in Buni-Yadi town, Governor Buni said the donation by the government was in conjunction with the African Development Bank under the Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement, and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) Project.
“As you all know, in the effort to fully recover and rebuild from the effects of the Boko Haram Insurgency, our administration considers partnership and collaboration with domestic and international organisations as important ingredients,” Buni said.
He added that: “Prior to – and even with – the outbreak of the Boko Haram Insurgency, the people were known for their industry and productivity, especially in the area of agricultural productions.
“During the last decade, however, attacks on communities by the insurgents have resulted in the destruction of public and private property worth billions of naira, and the killing, maiming and displacement of many innocent people.
“There is no question that the people of these four local government areas are among the worst-hit by the senseless Boko Haram Insurgency in the whole of the North-East part of the country,” he said.
The Governor said: “As peace steadily returns across the state, I want to commend the African Development Bank and the implementers of the APPEALS Project as well as other development partners for their thoughtfulness in integrating various livelihood support packages in their programmes of activity.”
He disclosed that the livelihood materials consisted of 300 animal traction packages; ram fattening; goat breeding; fish farming items; chicken production materials; artisanal fishing materials; improved seeds package, and dignity kit packages.
He said a set of animal traction kit per two persons, three rams per person as well as four goats per person would be distributed, noting that in all, 5,293 people from the four local government areas would benefit.
The Governor also appealed to beneficiaries of the livelihood and empowerment packages to avoid selling the materials off under whatever pretext.