Boko Haram Victims Receive $1 million from Bill Gates Foundation


Due to the ongoing crisis of Boko Haram insurgency in Bornu state, the state Government has received a cash donation of $1 million from the Bill Gates Foundation for victims of this crisis.
While distributing food items and farm inputs purchased by the government on Sunday in Mainok, Kaga Local Government, the state Governor Kashim Shettima made this known.
According to him, about 40,000 households are targetted to benefit from the distribution.
Shettima said each of the household would receive a 25kg bag of rice and a 10kg bag of beans.
He said part of the money donated by the foundation was used to acquire 100 hectares farm for beans cultivation.
Shettima explained that 200 farm-families will be allocated tilled and fertile land, measuring half hectare each along with improved seeds, fertilizer, chemicals and technical supervision to grow food crops.
governor also announced the release of two trucks of maize grains to add to the food procured with Gates’ donation.
Shettima said: “We are grateful to God for creating people like Mr. Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda.
“These leading lights of philanthropy across the world have shown love to the good people of Borno at a time we are on the ground and looking for any hand to hold in trying to lift ourselves up.
“Now, with the emerging peace in Borno, it is only necessary that, as post insurgency response, we focus on supporting all categories of victims.
“From those in Internally Displaced Persons camps, those in communities within Maiduguri, those in our satellite camps outside Maiduguri, to those in communities across different local government areas.”
The governor emphasised the need to focus on all those who were returning to their homes and those being resettled.
Source: Theeagleonline
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