The federal government through the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, in collaboration with the Nigerian Air Force , has begun air-drop of relief items to the Internally Displaced Persons ( IDPs ) in Borno State.
The air- drop technique of food and non-food distribution to the IDPs is to ensure that the displaced persons trapped at inaccessible locations due to the ongoing war between the military and terrorists, as well as areas covered by flood are reached with means of survival.
Speaking yesterday in Maiduguri, during the demonstration of the air-drop of the food items by the Nigerian Air Force, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk, the minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, said the air-drop method of food distribution is to tackle issues surrounding inaccessible areas in the state.
She said the areas included locations where humanitarian workers cannot access due to the terrain or other issues, adding that the ministry is collaborating with the Nigerian Air Force to ensure that all displaced persons are well taken care of irrespective of location.
“ We have to identify these communities and go straight ahead to start the intervention. It is to identify these locations and once we get that , we will be able to know the number of population in that location. There is going to be air surveillance while making the distributions, “ Hajiya Farouk said.
The minister also paid a courtesy call on Borno State governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum , where she informed the governor, that she is in Borno on behalf of the office of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and members of the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee, to discuss the immediate humanitarian needs in the stat
She applauded the efforts of the Borno State government in providing food and non-food items to its vulnerable population; as well as its willingness to work with and support humanitarian stakeholders providing humanitarian interventions in the state.
“ We have noted and are aware that due to the recent restriction of movement to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic and
inaccessibility of communities due to floods and insecurity; vulnerable persons, especially the IDPs, may require further support in terms of basic necessities including food from the Federal Government of Nigeria.