Bill Gates Donates $1Million To Borno As Food Aid

Borno state Governor Kashim Shettima on Sunday flagged off the
distribution of food items and farm outreach targeting 40,000
victims of the Boko Haram insurgency through the support of the
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which donated one million
dollars to the Borno State Government as a post conflict intervention that is meant to support victims who are returning to
their communities.

Governor Shettima launched at the support with the distribution of 25 kilogram bag of rice and 10 kilogram bag of beans to each of
1,100 households at Mainok village in Kaga local government
area, 45 kilometers away from Maiduguri. The Governor announced that officials of the State Government working with the
Gates Foundation used the $1m to procure the food items and
commenced funding of 100 hectares of farm where beans is being
cultivated. He explained that 200 farm-families will be allocated
tilled and fertile land measuring half hectare each along with
improved seeds, fertilizer, chemicals and technical supervision so
that they can start growing food crops. The Governor also announced the release of two trucks of maize grid to add to the
food procured with Gates donation.

“We are grateful to God for creating people like Mr Bill Gates and
his dear wife, Melinda. These leading lights of philanthropy across
the world have shown love to the good people of Borno State at a
time we are on the ground and looking for any hand to hold in
trying to lift ourselves up, the Governor said.

Officials of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees
(UNHCR) and United Nations Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) witnessed the distribution with
good will presented by them.

The Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and
Resettlement in Borno State, Dr Babagana Umara Zulum explained
that two trucks of food items as well as two farms in Damboa and
Konduga funded through the Gates donation were ready for
immediate access on Sunday while more communities were to
benefit in a continuous exercise.

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