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Gov. Zulum bans NGOs from giving food to Borno resettled communities

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Governor Babagana Zulum’s government has banned organisations from distributing food and non-food items to resettled communities.

“The Borno state government, after consultation with our communities, have decided that no partner organisation shall henceforth be allowed to distribute food and non-food items in any of our resettled communities,” the Borno government stated.

The government announced the ban in a letter signed by Mr Zulum. It was addressed to humanitarian organisations and development partners through the United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

“The Borno state government wishes to acknowledge and thank you for all your support to the people and government of the state and, in particular, your support for people displaced internally by insurgency. As you are aware, the Borno state government is deeply committed to supporting our people to build resilience and support themselves out of poverty,” said the letter. “To this end, the government has committed to closing all official IDP camps in Maiduguri by December 2021.”

It added, “This applies to local, national, and international partners. Food distribution will only be allowed in IDP camps and IDPs in host communities for now,” Mr Zulum directed in the letter.

The governor also directed that partners should get clearance from the government to ensure coordination and check duplication in all new areas they wish to distribute food and non-food items.

“While we look forward to your conforming with this decision, please accept my appreciation of your partnership and support to the people and government of Borno state,’’ Mr Zulum added.

(NAN)

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