By Suzzy Tolofari
Maiduguri – The Chairman, National Logistics Committee (NLC), Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs Abdulkadir Azarema, has handed over more than 36,000 bags of rice and other relief materials to assist IDPs in Borno to resettle in their ancestral homes.
Azarema made the donation during the third phase of the donation of government’s relief materials to victims of insurgency on Thursday in Maiduguri.
He said that in pursuant to the presidential directive, the NLC had distributed thousands of relief materials to IDPs in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Edo during the first and second phases of the exercise.
” It is, therefore, in furtherance of the discharge of the presidential directive that all seized perishable items to be given to IDPs that I hereby announce another donation of the items.”
The include 36,822 (50kg) bags of rice; 7,752 (20 litres) Jerry cans of vegetable oil; 727 cartoons of vegetable oil; 3,003 cartoons of spaghetti and 59 bags of second hand shoes.
” We, therefore, urge all those involved in the distribution chain to ensure smooth and transparent distribution to the intended beneficiaries,”Azarema said.
He commended the state government for its commitment to the security and well being of all the people living in the state.
Azarema also commended the state government for paying for the transportation of the items from various customs warehouses across the country to Maiduguri.
He said that the NLC, under the coordination of the Comptroller-General of Customs, retired Col. Hameed Ali, would continue to discharge its assignment with utmost sense of responsibility.
Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno commended the efforts of the Federal Government and the Comptroller-General of Customs for ensuring improvement in the living standard of the IDPs.
Shettima said that N72 million was paid by the state government in the transportation of the items.
He said that years back, seized items were usually auctioned but with the directive of Mr President, the items had helped in alleviating the suffering of the victims.
” I assure you that non of these relief items are expired; they are all good for human consumption.
“Some of these relief items are carrying an expiry date of 2018 and 2019.
” We shall put in place transparency and accountability to ensure proper and efficient distribution of these items to the IDPs,” Shettima said.
Shettima commended the transparency and accountability of the NLC in ensuring the items got to the IDPs.