Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri
The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has donated 400 bags of rice to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Borno State.
He said this was in line with the apex bank’s Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) to the IDPs and expected to bring some level of succour to displaced persons before they return to their respective communities.
Presenting the relief materials at the Boron State Government House, Maiduguri, Emefiele who was represented by the state CBN Branch Comptroller,
Alhaji Isyaku Ibrahim, said he was impressed with the news
that victories were being recorded by the Nigerian military in the war to restore peace and stability back in the state.
He said the efforts of the military would provide an environment for the implementation of policies and
programmes of the federal and state governments, and CBN in the North-east.
He said the restoration of peace in Borno State and the North-east sub-region of the country could also revive the state’s local economy; as well as creation of more job opportunities for the unemployed youths.
The representative of the CBN governor said: “During the governor’s mother’s funeral in April, 2016, the CBN governor made a commitment to provide the gifts received from friends and well-wishers to the less privileged across the country.
“In furtherance of that commitment, he has requested that I provide this truckload of 400 bags of locally produced rice to the state government for the benefits of IDPs, before they return to their respective communities in the state.”
The Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, in his response, commended the apex bank for the relief materials.
He also appealed to wealthy individuals and other corporate organisations in the country to emulate the CBN so that the humanitarian challenges could be overcome in the state.