The Yobe Fadama lll Additional Funding II, has distributed food items and livelihood packages to 2,000 households affected by insurgency, including 40 families of the abducted but released Dapchi schoolgirls.
Mustapha Gajerima, the Commissioner for Agriculture, who inaugurated the distribution in Dapchi, said the gesture was to improve lives of victims of insurgency across the state and 40 families of the abducted girls in Dapchi.
The sense of responsibility demonstrated by Fadama III AF II by including parents of the Dapchi schoolgirls as beneficiaries of the intervention is a show of empathy and solidarity to the community.
Fadama III project had supported 5,320 households with food and livelihood packages in the first tranche of intervention.
I commend the project for prudent use of resources in implementing its initial 133 Community Action Plan (CAP) programmes to accommodate additional 50 CAPs.
This is being distributed to 2,000 benefiting households,'' he said.
Alhaji Musa Garba, Fadama III State Project Coordinator said the current intervention of 2,000 households became possible due to savings made from the first phase where 5,320 households benefited.
Dapchi, Damaya, Dumburi, Masaba and Ajiri communities in Bursari Local Government enjoyed support such as irrigation and rain fed agricultural inputs in crop production, livestock husbandry, drains and water facilities.
Garba, who also mentioned youth empowerment among the gestures, said they were came under the first phase of intervention.
A bag of rice, maize flour, beans, cooking oil, sugar and food seasoning cubes were provided to benefitting households in three additional communities in the local government; comprising of Dapchi, Jido-Damaya and Tarbutu-Zurgwaya.
He appealed to the state government to redeem its pledge for payment of the 2018 counterpart funds.
The project coordinator said that repayment of fund would enable the project to access more support from the World Bank and reach out to more communities distressed by insurgency.
Mrs Ngai Jakana, mother of one of the abducted schoolgirls, commended Yobe government for the show of concern, supporting families during and after their distressed situations.
We have been shown true love, concern and given a sense of belonging; we shall use the livelihood packages to improve our economic lives, she said.
Source: Voice of Nigeria