Council approves over N27bn intervention for conflict, flood victims

Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja


Nigeria has moved to ensure food security in states affected by herders and farmers conflict as well as flooding with the approval of over N27billion intervention.

The approval was given at Wednesday’s meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Vice Chairman of the National Food Security Council, Abubakar Atiku-Bagudu, stated this while briefing State House correspondent after the meeting.

Bagudu, who is also the governor of Kebbi State, said the Food Security Council, Chaired by President Buhari, presented two memoranda to the cabinet meeting.

Conflicts & Insecurity
Bagudu said that the first approval was for N8,558,529,755  intervention in states that have been affected by conflicts and insecurity,  “where many have been displaced from their homes and some are living in Internally Displaced Persons camps.

“While support has been given in terms of accommodation, food, welfare, the national food security council considered the importance of helping them restore their livelihood activities, particularly agricultural activity.

“Council considered the memo by the president and approved N8,558,529,755 for intervention in Adamawa, Benue, Borno, Plateau, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara.

“The beneficiaries are estimated to about 69,872 people.

“The intervention includes provision of fertilizer, seedlings, chemicals, poultry and animals to enable them resume economic activity.”

Flood Affected States
Bagudu said council also considered and approved memorandum, which originated from National Food Security Council on states that have been severely affected by flooding.

“It is not an exhaustive list because the National Emergency Management Agency statutorily provides all states that experience one emergency or the other. 

“Last year, there was unusual amount of flooding in some states about 14 of them and the National Food Security Council considered the impact of that flooding on the agricultural sector, food security, animal husbandry and fisheries.

“And so, today the council approved an intervention totally N18,942,818,912.14.

“Contracts would be awarded to 15 companies to provide seedlings, agro chemicals and fertilizers to 163,117 beneficiaries located in 14 states.”

According to Bagudu, the states are Adamawa, Anambra, Beyelsa, Benue, Delta, Edo, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Niger, Rivers, Sokoto and Taraba.

He said the National Food Security Council has, as part of its work, considered other interventions, which was being worked upon by the beneficiary communities and also the livestock sector.