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Zulum distributes 5,000 livestock to farmers displaced by Boko Haram in Borno




Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno has distributed 5,000 livestock to 2,500 displaced persons in Pulka, Gwoza Local Government Area of the state.

Mr Zulum disclosed this at the inauguration of the distribution exercise on Thursday in Pulka.

Represented by his deputy, Usman Kadafur, the governor said the animals were distributed to the farmers, hitherto displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, to enable them to restock their animals and improve their livelihoods.

He said the gesture was part of government efforts to restore the lost means of livelihood of the displaced persons.

Mr Zulum said that his government, in collaboration with development partners, is implementing sound programmes to improve the people’s living standard in line with its Development Plan and 10-Year Transformation Agenda.

The governor commended the Regional Stabilisation Facility and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) for their support towards the successful implementation of the programme.

He urged the beneficiaries to take care of the animals to improve their social and economic well-being.

Earlier, Ahmadu Umara, the permanent secretary of the Borno State Ministry of Rehabilitation Reconstruction and Resettlement, said about 3,000 animals had been distributed to 500 female farmers last month.

He added that another set of 200 animals would be distributed before the year ends.

“The singular effort is geared towards the restoration of lost means of livelihood of our displaced communities, reduce poverty, overdependence on handouts and put them back on economic recovery,” he said.

Also, Abdullahi Danjatau, the caretaker chairman of Gwoza Local Council, lauded the initiative, adding it assisted the resettled communities.

He said the state government also executed viable projects to restore civil authorities and enhance the delivery of quality social services in the Pulka, Kirawa, Warabe, and Gwoza communities.

One of the beneficiaries, Buba Sale, who received goats, said the gesture would go a long way in improving his living conditions.