Saudi Arabia donates $1.2m food items to Zamfara disaster victims

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Saudi Arabia donates $1.2m food items to Zamfara disaster victims

The Saudi Arabia based King Salman Humanitarian and Relief Center has donated food items worth 1.2 million dollars to victims of armed banditry in Zamfara.

Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Retired AVM Muhammadu Muhammed, said at a news conference in Gusau on Friday.

Muhammed said that the food items would be distributed to 8,725 households.

Each household will receive a package weighing 59.8kg; comprising rice, beans and a condiment of tomato paste, maggi cube, cooking oil, salt and masa flour.

“The donors expect the items to immediately reach the beneficiaries to give them some relief in this fasting period,” he said.

The NEMA boss commended the centre for the items, noting that Nigeria would remain grateful for such donations which was also made to Borno and Yobe.

Hajiya Faika Ahmed, Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, who received the items on behalf of the state government, thanked NEMA and the centre for the gesture.

“In Zamfara, our humanitarian crises are in two-fold, armed banditry and natural disasters which have displaced hundreds and thousands of innocent people as well as destroyed many farmlands and foodstuffs.

“We are grateful for this donation but we are also asking for more from the centre, Federal Government, groups and individuals for us to address the challenges which fate has put on the citizens,” Ahmed added.

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