The Federal Government has donated 372.5 metric tons of grains to support vulnerable persons affected by insecurity and other forms of disasters in Kaduna State.
The Director General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Ahmad, represented by Alhassan Nuhu, Director, Relieve and Rehabilitation at NEMA, presented the grains to the Acting Governor of Kaduna State, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, at Government House on Thursday in Kaduna.
According to the director, Nigerians are suffering significantly from various types of disasters such as floods, drought, landslides, tidal waves, coastal erosion, sand-storms, dust-storms, locust ,insect infestations, oil spillage, fire, road accidents, air mishaps and other man-made disasters.
He said this made it necessary for the FG to approve for distribution, maize, millet and sorghum, to the most vulnerable segment of the population in Kaduna State.
According to him, 4,200 bags of maize will be distributed which is equivalent to 210 metric tons, 100 metric tons of Sorghum which is also equivalent to 2,000 bags ,and 62 metric tons of millet equivalent to 1,250 bags.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of 12,000 metric tons of assorted food commodities from the National Strategic Reserve Stock for distribution in all the States of the federation and the FCT to the most vulnerable Nigerians to assuage the high cost of living in the present global economic realities.
Receiving the donations, the Acting Governor of Kaduna state, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, expressed Kaduna’s appreciation to the FG for donating the items and assured NEMA that the grains will be distributed to the most vulnerable persons in the state.
She also called on NEMA to have a well laid down plan for states, to have temporary camps that are more conducive than the use of schools for Internally displaced persons (IDPs).
“We need to activate the use of trampoline camps so that we leave our schools for the children.