Cash transfer scheme launched for Borno IDPs
From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – MORE than 1 million refugees in the terror-prone Borno State , North east Nigeria are set to benefit from the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme sponsored by the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP).
Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director at UNWFP, and Yaya Olaiton, the Nigerian Ambassador to Rome, and other officials have visited Maiduguri, the Borno capital to launch the exercise targeting 45 000 households.
Before flagging off the exercise and interacting with beneficiaries at Chezkon IDP host community, the team was led on a courtesy call to the Deputy Governor of Borno state Alhaji Usman Durkwa by the zonal coordinator National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) North East, Alhaji Mohammed Kanar.
The team that visited Maiduguri also included officials from NEMA Headquarters, Dr Kayode Fagbemi, the Deputy Director Planning,
Research/Forecasting and Akande Isiaka Iyiola, Deputy Director Disaster Risk Reduction.
WFP has been a major partner of NEMA especially in providing technical support to the agency in managing disaster across the country.
Abdulkadir Ibrahim, Zonal Information Officer of NEMA North East, said some 1,2 million internally displaced persons (IDP) residing in host communities across the metropolis will benefit from the initiative launched in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
– CAJ News
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