Borno State Government Wednesday distributed food items and the sum of N200 million to 70,000 displaced households in Bama town.
Some of the displaced persons were said to have returned from Cameroon where they lived as refugees after being displaced by insurgents from their respective communities.
The displaced persons have reportedly been denied access to their farmlands, markets and other means of livelihood.
Governor Babagana Umara Zulum supervised the distribution exercise in Bama.
The sustained humanitarian intervention, which was combined with agricultural activities to create livelihoods, was part of the multidimensional approach to deny insurgents, opportunities of using social and economic means of recruiting fighters from displaced persons, governor’s aide, Malam Isa Gusau said in a statement.
In all, 40,000 women received two packets of sugar, a wrapper and N5,000 each amounting to N200 million while 30,000 male spouses received a bag of rice, a bag of maize grill and a carton of spaghetti each.
While addressing the beneficiaries, the governor said “We share your pains and we are appealing to every one of you to continue with the prayers for peace to return to our dear state.”