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Friday, 8 September 2017

Boko Haram: Bill Gates Foundation gives $1m to Borno govt for victims

Boko Haram: Bill Gates Foundation gives $1m to Borno govt for victims

The Borno Government said it received a cash donation of one million U. S. dollars from the Bill Gates Foundation for victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the state .
Gov . Kashim Shettima announced this on Sunday in Mainok , Kaga Local Government Area , while distributing food items and farm inputs purchased by the government .
“We are gathered here today to commence distribution of a key intervention of one million U.S . dollars food and farming aide donated by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.’’
He said that about 40 ,000 households were targetted to benefit from the distribution .
Shettima said each of the household would receive a 25 kilogramme bag of rice and a 10 kilogramme bag of beans .
He said that part of the money donated by the foundation was used to acquire 100 hectares farm for beans cultivation.
Shettima 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 to grow food crops .
The governor also announced the release of two trucks of maize grains to add to the food procured with Gates’ donation .
“We are grateful to God for creating people like Mr Bill Gates and his wife , Melinda.
“These leading lights of philanthropy across the world have shown love to the good people of Borno at a time we are on the ground and looking for any hand to hold in trying to lift ourselves up .
“Now , with the emerging peace in Borno , it is only necessary that , as post insurgency response , we focus on supporting all categories of victims .
“From those in Internally Displaced Persons camps , those in communities within Maiduguri , those in our satellite camps outside Maiduguri , to those in communities across different local government areas .’’

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