The Borno Government said it received a cash donation of $1 million from the Bill Gates Foundation for victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the state.
Governor Kashim Shettima announced this on Sunday in Mainok, Kaga Local Government Area, while distributing food items and farm inputs purchased by the government.
Governor Shettima said about 40,000 households are targeted to benefit from the distribution, adding that each of the household would receive a 25 kilogramme bag of rice and a 10 kilogramme bag of beans.
He also announced that part of the money donated by the foundation was used to acquire 100 hectares farm for beans cultivation.
The governor further 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.
He also announced the release of two trucks of maize grains to add to the food procured with Gates’ donation.
Governor Shettima expressed his gratitude to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, whose leading lights of philanthropy across the world have shown love to the good people of Borno at a time they most needed it.
“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.”
He added: “We are particularly interested in ensuring that citizens begin to produce food crops in safe locations because direct food aid in post conflict situations is never sustainable over a long period of time.”
Officials of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) were present to witness the distribution of the items to victims.