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Borno state Governor Allocates N100M Grants to Residents

Borno state Governor Allocates N100M Grants to Residents
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Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, has launched a comprehensive aid program aimed at providing essential support to vulnerable residents across several local government areas in the state. The initiative, which includes the distribution of food items and cash grants, seeks to alleviate the economic hardship faced by communities affected by various challenges, including the lingering impact of the Boko Haram insurgency.

During a ceremony held to kick off the distribution exercise, Governor Zulum announced the distribution of 25kg bags of rice and maize to 52,000 vulnerable individuals residing in Biu, Bayo, Askira-Uba, Chibok, Shani, Hawul, and Kwayarkusa local government areas. Additionally, the governor disbursed a cash grant totaling N100 million to 2,000 youth groups and women, with each beneficiary receiving N50,000.

The governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to prioritizing the welfare of the state’s most vulnerable populations, emphasizing the importance of providing both food and non-food items to address their immediate needs. Despite acknowledging that certain areas in southern Borno State have been relatively less affected by the insurgency compared to other regions, Governor Zulum stressed the government’s responsibility to support all communities facing economic hardship.

Addressing the recipients of the aid, Governor Zulum urged them to maintain law and order to ensure the effective distribution and utilization of the provided assistance. He underscored the significance of accountability and responsible stewardship, encouraging beneficiaries to use the resources for their intended purposes and refrain from selling the items.

Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, representing Southern Borno Senatorial District, commended Governor Zulum for the initiative and expressed gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for approving food items worth N200 million for each senator to distribute to their constituents. Senator Ndume urged beneficiaries to utilize the aid judiciously and refrain from diverting or selling the items meant to alleviate their hardships.

In a significant development, Governor Zulum provided assurance to the people of Southern Borno Senatorial District regarding the status of the Nigerian Army University, Biu (NAUB). He reassured the community that President Tinubu would intervene to prevent the proposed merger of NAUB with the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna, as recommended by the Stephen Oronsaye Report.

Governor Zulum’s reassurance followed his recent meeting with President Tinubu, during which the president pledged support for maintaining NAUB as a conventional university. The governor expressed confidence that President Tinubu’s intervention would safeguard the interests of Southern Borno and preserve the distinct identity of NAUB.

In conclusion, Governor Zulum’s aid program underscores the government’s commitment to addressing the needs of vulnerable populations and promoting economic stability in Borno State. The initiative reflects a concerted effort to provide tangible support to communities grappling with adversity while reaffirming the government’s commitment to upholding the welfare and interests of all residents.

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