The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) has distributed agricultural inputs to 100 local farmers in three Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kano State.
Speaking during the ceremony in Kura, headquarters of Kura LGA on Friday, NCFRMI Commissioner, Sen. Bashir Garba-Mohammed, said the gesture was to ameliorate suffering farmers as a result of COVID-19 lockdown.
“As Nigeria is having its share of coronavirus effects, President Muhammadu Buhari has therefore instructed agencies rendering humanitarian services to redouble efforts in their service delivery to vulnerable persons in various localities in order to ameliorate their sufferings.
“In compliance with the presidential directive, the commission has moved from state to state to distribute relief items to persons of concern to enable them keep body and soul together.
“Those efforts are being made towards achieving appropriate durable solutions for the people according to their peculiar situation.
“Today, we are here to flag off the distribution of agricultural items for the benefit of vulnerable but hard working farmers,” he said.
Garba-Mohammed added:“This will no doubt boost their production in the current farming season, thereby improving food supply for the people and contributing to the food security drive of the President.
“I believe we can collaborate with the Kano State Government to ensure that more sustainable solutions are implemented in the state, so that displaced persons in the state can live more purposeful life.”
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, represented by the Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Alhaji saleh Jili, said the state government would work hand in hand with the commission to ensure that the stated goals were achieved.
He applauded the federal government for providing the inputs to farmers in Kura, Garun-Malam and Madobi LGAs of the state.
Inputs distributed included irrigation water pumps, fertiliser, assorted seedlings, herbicides and pesticides.