Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State personally oversaw the distribution of N275 million worth of cash, food items, and wrappers to 95,000 residents in Monguno town, located in the northern part of the state.
During the distribution, which took place over two days, 55,000 women received N5,000 in cash along with a wrapper each, while 40,000 male heads of households were provided with 25kg of rice and 10kg of beans.
Monguno was previously displaced by Boko Haram insurgents but has since been recaptured by the Nigerian military. The town currently hosts internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the local government areas of Kukawa, Guzamala, Nganzai, and Marte.
Governor Zulum emphasized that Monguno was severely affected by the insurgency, with limited access to agricultural land. In light of these challenges, the decision was made to provide palliatives to all residents of Monguno. Zulum further pledged to continue the distribution of palliatives throughout his tenure to support communities that have been significantly impacted by the Boko Haram insurgency.
The governor expressed his gratitude to President Bola Tinubu, Vice President Kashim Shettima, the Northeast Development Commission (NEDC), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and the Nigeria Customs Service for their support in providing rice and other resources to the Borno State Government.
Several dignitaries were present during the distribution, including Bukar Talba, the House of Representatives member for Marte, Monguno, and Nganzai; Abba Garba, the Managing Director of the Chad Basin Development Authority; Sugun Mai Mele, the Commissioner for Local Government and Emirate Affairs; Bawu Musami, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources; Dr. Barkindo Aliyu Muhammed, the Director General of SEMA; Baba Bukar Gujibawu, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Monitoring; Mohammed Musa Aliyu, the General Manager of the Borno State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency; and Mohammed Kyari, the Chairman of Monguno Local Government.