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Saudi Arabia organization donates $10m worth of relief materials to IDPs in North East

AHMED MARI, Maiduguri

In its efforts to bring succour to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Northeast, the Saudi Kingdom through the King Salman Humanitarian Centre has donated relief materials worth $10 million to the victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the region.

Presenting the relief materials at Teachers Village IDP camp, Maiduguri last Thursday, the representative of the Centre, Nasir Al Subai said: “The relief materials which consist of different food items are aimed at providing succour to 840,000 IDPs across the Northeast”.

“I commend the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Borno State government for facilitating the distribution of the relief materials to the IDPs and warm reception during our stay in the state,” he added.

Also speaking on the occasion, the Minister for Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, who requested the Saudi Kingdom to set a pace for the understanding and preaching of Islamic knowledge, said: “I request the Saudi Kingdom to promote the preaching and understanding of the doctrines of Islam, as the   understanding and misinterpretation of Islam led to the insurgency in the Northeast “.

He said: “I commend the Kingdom if Saudi and the Kun.nan Humanitarian and relief Centre for the gesture. I could recall during my visit to the Kingdom, I requested for humanitarian assistance for our displaced persons in the Northeast “.

Thanking the King Abduazeez and the crown prince, Salman, for the gesture, he said the relationship between Nigeria and Saudi Kingdom was cordial and that his visit to the Kingdom has strengthened the relationship through intelligence and defence, as well as other diplomatic ties.

In his remarks, the Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima on behalf of the government and people of the Northeast thanked the Saudi Kingdom for the donation of the relief materials.

“On behalf of the people and government of the Northeast states, we thanked the Saudi Kingdom and the King Salman Centre for the distribution of relief materials,” the governor added.

“The King Salman Humanitarian centre us working in over 40 countries across the globe with 120 Non-Governmental Organisation to provide humanitarian services, I assure you that the relief materials will be judiciously utilized for those intended for “,  Shettima said.

He commended President Muhamnadu Buhari and the Military for liberating the Northeast and the military for their efforts and commitment to end insurgency in the Northeast.

In his welcome address, the Director General of NEMA, Engr. Mustapha Maihaja, said the distribution which will carried out by SENA, NEMA and other stakeholders, each household will get 59.8 kg of food items which consist of 25 kg of rice, 25 kg of white beans, 4 kg of vegetable oil. 4 Kg MASa products, 2 kg of tomato paste and one kg of salt.”

“As part  of the foreign intervention of Salman Humanitarian centre, today, we are inaugurating the distribution of the relief materials in some camps and communities in Borno State, 135,317 baskets of foods items and training the staff of NEMA in the area of capacity building”, Maihajja added.

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