Borno state Gov. Kashim Shettima, speaks to the Associated Press during an interview at the Government house in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Wednesday, Sept, 28. 2011. Security forces arrested a top commander of a radical Muslim sect who ordered killings in the northeastern city where the group's mosque once stood, bringing a new calm to the restive region, a governor said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Borno state Gov. Kashim Shettima, speaks to the Associated Press during an interview at the Government house in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Wednesday, Sept, 28. 2011. Security forces arrested a top commander of a radical Muslim sect who ordered killings in the northeastern city where the group's mosque once stood, bringing a new calm to the restive region, a governor said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

From. Sadiq abubakar Maiduguri

Governor Kashim Shettima of borno state has flagged off the 8th Phase of Free Food Distribution by SEMA in Gamboru area of Maiduguri metropolis yesterday.

Borno state Gov. Kashim Shettima, speaks to the Associated Press during an interview at the Government house in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Wednesday, Sept, 28. 2011. Security forces arrested a top commander of a radical Muslim sect who ordered killings in the northeastern city where the group's mosque once stood, bringing a new calm to the restive region, a governor said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Borno state Gov. Kashim Shettima, speaks to the Associated Press during an interview at the Government house in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Wednesday, Sept, 28. 2011. Security forces arrested a top commander of a radical Muslim sect who ordered killings in the northeastern city where the group’s mosque once stood, bringing a new calm to the restive region, a governor said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Flagging off the food distribution, the governor commended the Deputy Governor Alhaji Zanna Umar Mustapha and Chairman of SEMA Grema Terab for their efforts in ensuring full implementation of the programme which is targeted nat alleviating the sufferings of the residents living within the metropolis particularly those accommodating IDPs from the 20 LGAs out of the 27 LGAs of the state displaced by the boko haram insurgency where NEMA estimated that over 150,000 people have been displaced but only about 80,000 are presently being registered at the NEMA IDPs and BOSG IDPs Camps in both Borno and Adamawa States.

The Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), has on Monday yesterday ,donated food items worth millions of Naira to 4,200 house holds in Maiduguri cosmopolitan area comprising of Maiduguri Metropolitan Council MMC and Jere LGC to cushion the hardships and sufferings residents of the state capital have been exposed to by the boko haram insurgency.

The Chairman of the SEMA, disclosed this during the 8th Phase of food items distribution exercise in Maiduguri metropolis.

Grema Terab added that the gesture was part of the state government’s Food for All Initiative Program (FAIP), aimed at assisting the less privileged members of the society.

He explained that each of the house hold was given one bag of rice, jerry can of vegetable cooking oil, and a carton of Maggie cubes.

The chairman further explained that residents in Bulumkutu, Moduganari, Jiddari Polo, Maimusari, London chiki, NGomari and Shehuri North wards/areas have successfully benefited from the initiative programme.

The Deputy Governor of Borno state Alhaji Zanna Umar Mustapha commended the gesture pointing out that the exercise it would go a long way in alleviating the sufferings of the people.

Mustapha said that the state government despite security challenges, focused on programs that always impact positively on the lives of the people of the state.

He also appealed to the people to reciprocate the gesture by supporting the present administration in voting APC in 2015 general election.

Meanwhile SEMA also distributed 400 bags of maize, 150 blankets and pledged to construct additional public toilets at the EYN Church IDPs Camps at Gamboru area Maiduguri yesterday.

Then chairman while presenting the items said it is a mandate of the agency to cater for all and sundry affected by the insurgency especially the IDPs at every camp with in band outside the state.

Receiving the food items from the SEMA Chairman the Chairman of the IDPs at the EYN Camp Mr. John Gums thanked the SEMA Chairman for the gesture and commanded Governor Shettima and Hajiya Nana Shettima for their support and assistance to the IDPs.

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