- Following President Muhammadu Buhari's directive, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has distributed some relief materials to IDPs
- The spokesman of the NCS, Joseph Attah, revealed that not less than 424,391 bags of rice worth N4 billion were distributed to IDPs in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Edo
- Attah said that the relief materials were given to help reduce the suffering of the IDPs especially in the northeast region
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said that it has so far distributed 424,391 bags of rice worth N4 billion to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Edo states.
The public relations officer of the service, Deputy Comptroller Joseph Attah, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Wednesday, December 26, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari gave a directive to NSC to distribute some seized items including rice to IDPs in the troubled northeast to ameliorate their sufferings.
Attah explained that apart from rice, other seized perishable items were also distributed to the IDPs.
He said with relative peace in the northeast, many IDPs were now returning to their ancestral homes and engaging in farming.
He pointed out that the need for these items continued to reduce while seizures of the items had made warehouses to overflow.
The spokesperson disclosed that the comptroller general of customs, Colonel Hameed Ali (Rtd), had obtained the Presidential nod to extend the distribution of the relief items to other IDP camps and registered orphanages across the country.
According to him, already, the list of IDPs and orphanages across the country is being compiled with a view to kick-starting the nation-wide distribution as soon as possible.
He said that by the time NCS commenced the distribution, it would provide relief and succour to fellow Nigerians who were going through tough times in the IDP camps and orphanages.
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Attah also disclosed that a total number of 238,094 (50kg) bags of rice were seized across the country by customs between January and November, 2019.
He reiterated the commitment of the Ali led administration to cleanse the system to boost revenue generation in the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia had reached out to Nigeria through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre by donating at least 140,468 bags of food items to IDPs in Borno and Yobe states.
Legit.ng gathered that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) revealed this in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Malam Sani Datti, on Thursday, December 6, and made available in Abuja.
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