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Niger IDPs lament paltry sum, inadequate food items donated by govt

Posted by on December 18, 2021 0

The over 10,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) across the eight wards in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State have expressed disappointment and outrage over the N2 million cash and food items donated by the State Government.

The IDPs include women and children who fled their homes following renewed bandits attacks on their communities and are currently being camped at various primary and secondary schools in the council.

The effected communities are Gwada, Kuta, Galkogo, Zumba, Gurumana, Erena, Bassa and Allawa.

The food items include 100 bags of rice, 100 bags of maize, 50 bags of millet, 100 cartons of noodles, 30 bags of salt as well as 20 gallons of 20 liters of groundnut oil.

But, our Correspondent gathered that the IDPs were not happy with the gift of food stuff and that of the N2m from which, each is expected to get N200.

The items were handed over by the Deputy Governor, Alh Ahmed Ketso on behalf of the state government to the Chairman of Shiroro Local Government Council, Mallam Suleiman Chukuba on behalf of the beneficiaries.
Reacting to the donation, some of the IPDs expressed disappointment over what was given to them by the state government.

They told DAILY POST that the 100 bags of rice, and other food items were not enough to go round 10,000 persons, saying,” how can we survive with less than five milk cups of rice or beans and on N200 from the N2m shared.”

Others claimed they were not aware that money or food items were distributed in the camp.

According to Mohammed, “We need security to enable us return home not this type of donation. This is very sad. We have been here for over three weeks only for the government to be bringing this type of embarrassing donation. Whether the government gives us relief materials or not, we will survive.”

Asebe Makus, and her husband said they were not aware of the state government donation, adding, “they said the government brought food and money to us, but I have not seen anything yet”.

The Chairman of Shiroro Local Government, Mallam Suleiman Chukuba when contacted confirmed the receipt of N2m cash and food items that include 100 bags of rice, 50 bags of millet, 100 bags of maize, 100 cartons of noodles, 30 bags of salt and 20 gallons of 20 liters of oil and distributed to the IDPs in the eight camps.

On the outrage that followed the donation, the chairman simply, said, the council received and shared all the donations including cash to the IDPs from the state government.

Niger IDPs lament paltry sum, inadequate food items donated by govt

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