Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State has taken a significant step in addressing the challenges posed by rising food prices and economic hardship by flagging off the distribution of food items to over 100,000 households in the Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) and Jere local government area.

Babagana Umara Zulum
Babagana Umara Zulum

The initiative, which took place at the Maiduguri Sports Centre, involved the symbolic presentation of palliatives to mitigate the impact of the escalating costs of essential commodities.

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In his address during the distribution ceremony, Governor Zulum emphasized the continued commitment of his administration to prioritize the welfare of the people, particularly those grappling with extreme hardship due to the protracted Boko Haram insurgency.

The governor acknowledged the global economic crisis and stressed the need for sustained support to alleviate the plight of the citizens.

The food distribution initiative targeted vulnerable households in the Maiduguri metropolis, aiming to reduce the burden of high living costs.

Governor Zulum revealed that the exercise would extend beyond the initial 100,000 households, eventually reaching over 200,000 families across the state before the end of Ramadan.

He highlighted the unique challenges faced by communities affected by insurgency, such as limited access to agricultural lands, contributing to food shortages.

The governor reassured the people of Borno State that the distribution of palliatives would persist under his leadership, emphasizing the state’s commitment to supporting commercial and subsistence agriculture.

He urged those without a means of livelihood to engage in agriculture, assuring them of government support in the form of free buses, agricultural inputs, and cash assistance.

While acknowledging the ongoing efforts to address the food crisis, Governor Zulum warned against attempts to politicize the distribution process. He issued a stern warning that anyone attempting to sabotage the peacebuilding efforts and exploit the food crisis for political purposes would face severe consequences.

In conclusion, the governor outlined the multifaceted approach of his administration, combining immediate relief through palliatives with long-term strategies to boost agriculture and economic sustainability.

The distribution exercise reflects the government’s responsiveness to the needs of the people and its dedication to fostering resilience in the face of challenging circumstances.

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