Zulum Disburses N65m to 8,000 widows


Borno Governor Disburses N65m cash to 8,000 widows, IDPs, Orphans, Aged in Kala Balge 

By Sadiq Abubakar 

Borno Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum on Saturday disbursed  N65 million cash for critical humanitarian needs, to 8000 IDP households in Rann, headquarters of Kala-Balge, which is one of the Nigeria’s remotest local government areas, located in the Central part of Borno State.

The visit was the Zulum’s fifth similar humanitarian trip to Kala-Balge since he assumed office in May 2019.  Rann headquarters of Kala-Balge can only be accessed by road through the Republic of Cameroon due to flooded road from a dam discharge in Central Africa which has trapped Nigerians in Rann, cutting them off from traveling to others parts of Borno and denying them access to farmlands. The villagers mostly buy food supplies from a border village in neighboring Cameroon Republic, for livelihoods.

Zulum, during the Saturday’s trip, supervised, the N65 million cash disbursement to 8,000 IDPs families who are mostly, widows and the vulnerable residents in Rann to enable them buy food and other basic needs from the Cameroonian border village.

Each family (Called House Holder) in the community was given between N10, 000 and N5, 000 cash; where 5,000 Male householders received N10, 000 each, 3,000 female householders received N5, 000 and 10k bag of rice each. There are no banking services in Rann.

At each of the visits, the Governor supervised the distribution of food and non-food aid to residents; many of them were in critical humanitarian needs.

Earlier on Friday, Zulum was in Kaduna to attend the Northern Governors’ meeting he used the opportunity to inspect some property owned by the Borno State Government in Kaduna town. These include Kaduna lodge and Palace of the Shehu of Borno, the Governor’s Lodge and Liaison Office, Government Staff Quarters, and Borno Hotels NM where he ordered technical evaluation of those properties in need of rehabilitation.


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