Acting President Yemi Osinbajo will on Thursday flag off the distribution of 50kg of cereal to each household in Northeast Nigeria.
The distribution is to cover Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba, Bauchi and Gombe states.
This was disclosed in a statement by Laolu Akande, the acting president’s spokesperson.
He said the food distribution is a continuation of efforts by the Buhari-administration geared towards fixing the food crisis caused by the insurgency in the region.
According to the statement, the distribution is a monthly endeavour which is being paid for in full by the federal government.
It said: “Under the distribution model, the Federal Government which is paying for the grains will be giving each family about 50kg of grains per month.
”One of the highlights of this new distribution plan is that it eliminates the undignified practice of long and often problematic queues, replacing it with door-to-door delivery to the IDPs using a pre-issued voucher-system that promotes transparency and accountability. The new plan is also expected to correct many of the lapses observed in delivering relief to the IDPS.
”The food will be distributed by officials of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, in partnership with State Emergency Management Agencies and developmental partners from the International Humanitarian agencies.
”Under the plan, the FG buys local grains from Nigerian farmers and the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Military including the Air Force, are actively involved providing essential and logistical support.
“The grains to be delivered quarterly would be transported mainly by road through 1032 trucks, while for locations difficult to reach, the Nigeria Air Force will provide air lift support.
”While the Federal Government is providing food assistance, it will work with the state governments to provide other forms of assistance including health services, education, resettlement and livelihood support.”topics from