Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has said that the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in different parts of the state consumed about 1,800 bags of 50 kilograms rice which constitute three trailer loads, on daily basis.
The governor said this on Tuesday, in his keynote address at the ‘first annual dialogue on Rebuilding Peace in Borno State’ organized by a humanitarian advocacy group, AOA Global in collaboration with the Borno State Government which was held at Borno room of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel.
The meeting had the Ministers of Health, Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole, Industry, John Kayode Fayemi, Statistician General of Nigeria, Dr Yemi Kale, the Director of the United States Agency for International Development, the UK Department for International Development, the UNDP, Norwegian government, other foreign and local development partners in attendance.
Shettima also highlighted on what he called the food emergency as a result of the influx of displaced persons who were trapped by insurgents before they were recently freed by the military.
The governor said: “As we speak, we are battling with a crisis of feeding mass of humanity in Borno. The Military has succeeded in rescuing communities that we trapped due to presence of Boko Haram insurgency on certain routes. This cheering rescue has led to mass exodus of internally displaced persons from these trapped communities to emergency camps we had to establish.
“In Borno today, about 1,800 bags of 50 kilograms of rice which constitutes three trailers of 600 bags each, is required Daily to cater for internally displaced persons across the state and this does not include ingredients like tomatoes, vegetable oil, beans to balance carbohydrate, onions, salt and other elements. For our regular camps, a total of 984 bags of rice is consumed daily based on a Data Tracking Matrix of the International Organization on Migration working with the National Emergency Management Agency and the Borno State Emergency Management Agency. This figure of 978 bags is for the camps in Maiduguri and Jere, Dikwa, Bama and Damboa. For Maiduguri and Jere, 787 bags of rice are consumed daily for the 152,000 displaced persons in 17 camps and two relief points at Madinatu and Muna Garrage where distribution of food items are made to IDPs living outside camps in Maiduguri. For Dikwa which has 75,000 displaced persons, 101 bags are required daily.