By Shehu Umar, Gusau
The Federal Government on Tuesday distributed food and non food items to 2400 internally displaced persons and their host communities in Zamfara state.
The distribution of of the items was launched by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk,
through the National Commission of Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons.
Speaking briefly at the event the minister said the gesture was from President Muhammadu Buhari adding that more of that is coming as Buhari’s administration is committed to the well being of the internally displaced persons in the country.
“I implore the beneficiaries of this gesture to make the best use of these items. It is meant to mitigate the suffering of the displaced persons. These items are not for sale but giving to you as relief material,” she said.
The food items which would be provided to 400 households include bags of rice and other grains, cooking oil, cartons of pasta and indomie. The non food items consist of toiletries, mattresses, blankets, mats, mosquito nets, brocades and many other items.
A medical outreach for 1000 beneficiaries was also carried out. Under the ( Project Total Health ) 500 people would benefit from free Eye Care/ Surgery and 500 residents would also be taken care of through medical outreach programme.
In the same vein, the minister also commissioned a fully renovated and equipped library for the internally displaced persons and host communities. It was renovated and equipped under the programme ( Project Educate All)
Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk said the library would boost the morale and academic activities of the children of the internally displaced persons and the host communities.
Among those who attended the event were the state commissioner of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Hajiya Faika M Ahmad, traditional rulers and many other dignitaries.