The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) presented food and non-food relief materials to victims of Boko Haram insurgency in Yobe State as a part of social responsibility to the society. The donated items included 750 bags of rice among other food items such as 400 bags of beans, 350 bags of Semovita, 160 bags of corn, 1,400 pieces of wrapper, 5,000 blankets, cooking oil, mats and rechargeable lantern. The Managing Director, NPA, Ms. Hadiza Bala-Usman, while presenting the materials yesterday at the Government House, Damaturu, regretted that insurgency had ravaged the North-Eastern part of the country and called for deliberate measures in addressing Boko Haram in the region.
Ms. Bala noted that the effect of Boko Haram insurgency of the economy of the country and the northeast in particular is so intense that it will take a long time for a complete recovery from the crisis in all facets of human endeavor with the destruction estimated at almost 5.9 billion US dollars.She warned, “We must resolve now to never let this nature of crisis befall our people and country again.” she added that the food items donated to the state is only to cushion the food demands of the displaced people. Earlier, Deputy Gov. Abubakar D. Aliyu, said the intervention came at the right time when it’s most needed by the affected people. He however appealed to the NPA to take further steps such as providing building materials to those returning to their homes and arrange livelihood for those who were displaced due to insurgency.