Four local governments in Niger state have been affected by food insecurity. The Victim Support Fund (VSF) has donated food items to the affected 7,057 households.
According to VSF, the food items will be extended to 49,399 individuals who live in the security-challenged area of Munya, Shiroo, kontagora, and Rafi local government areas.
Presenting the food items to the beneficiaries at the Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp in Gwada located inside the Local Education Authority (LEA) Primary School Gwada in Shiroro Local Government Area, the Executive Director of the Victims Support Fund, Prof. Nana Tanko explained that the intervention was aimed at supporting the government in catering for the welfare of displaced people.
She said the IDPs had been profiled by the organization last year, adding that those who are new to the camp will be given the remaining items after the profiled IDPs had received their donations.
“The last time we came here, we found the women going to the market to pick grains from the ground and then separate it for consumption. We had to go back and decide what to do. This is why we are here with the items for donation.
“Those who were captured during the exercise will be given the food items while those who recently came to the camp will get what remains of the items.”
The Niger State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Muhammed Ketso received the donations on behalf of the state government, praising the Victims Support Fund for the donation.
He said the donations will go a long way in alleviating the sufferings of the IDPs who were in dire need of the items being donated to them.
Ketso appealed to other individuals and organizations to come to the aid of the government as the government needs urgent support for the communities who are being displaced almost on a daily basis due to the increasing activities of terrorists in the state.
He added that the state government is working tirelessly to address the insecurity in some parts of the state calling on the people to always provide information to the security about any suspicious movement.
The items donated included maize flour, millet, beans, salt, vegetable oil, tomato paste, pepper and onion paste, and seasoning cubes.