BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – Arrangements have been concluded by the Federal Government for the distribution of about 30,000 metric tonnes (1,032 trucks) of cereal directly to affected persons in the North-eastern states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba, Bauchi and Gombe.
The exercise, expected to be flagged off by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, will take place on Thursday, June 8, 2017 in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The special relief intervention’s objective is to highlight Federal government’s approved strategies for the distribution of relief materials to displaced persons in the North East in accordance with the humanitarian principles.
A statement by the Head, Media and Public Relations, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Sani Datti said it will also serve as litmus test for the full cycle of intervention, adapting world best practices while considering Nigeria’s own local peculiarities, exhibiting the best of transparency, accountability and in full consideration of the protection and integrity of the affected persons.
According to Datti; “Each household beneficiary would be issued with a voucher, which is redeemed at the receipt of the household allocation of the food basket. It also involves taking the materials to the doorsteps of the affected persons.
“The distribution, which is based on Dry ration calculations of 6 persons per household and food ration per individual for 30 days at 280 grams x 30/1000k = 8.4 kg times individual requirement per household, is 50.4 kg.
“Relief intervention will be also airlifted for areas that have inaccessible roads or security threat by the Nigeria Air force.”
Datti quoted the Director General of the NEMA, Engr Mustapha Maihaja as saying that adequate measures have been put in place to ensure the distribution is done in a transparent manner for optimal accomplishment of task and operational objectives.