Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri
The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, on Thuesday donated 600 bags of rice to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno State.
This is the second time in the space of three months that Emefiele is extending this gesture to IDPs in the troubled state.
According to him, the relief food items were a personal donation from his personal savings to vulnerable displaced persons who are in dire needs.
Presenting the rice at the Government House, Maiduguri, the Maiduguri Branch Comptroller of CBN, Alhaji Ishaku Ibrahim, called on Nigerians to rally round the federal government and insurgency-affected states to restore peace in the North-east.
Reading the speech of the governor, he said: “Today, my family and I return to this land hitherto renowned as the ‘Home of Peace’ to make a personal donation of an additional 600 bags of rice, from my personal savings, to our vulnerable brothers and sisters in the IDPs’ camps.
“I am particularly glad to address you this morning in an atmosphere of peace brought about by the hard work of our gallant soldiers, the determination of the federal government and efforts of government and people of Borno State, who crave for an enduring peace.”
He said: “We are happy about the huge successes that have been recorded in the area of security; but one is deeply concerned about reports of malnourishment emanating from the camps for IDPs.”
He said it was high time to diversify the nation’s economy; insisting that “it is our fervent prayer and hope that in no distant time, this past glory will be restored; more especially now that the CBN is striving hard, in collaboration with fiscal authorities to diversify the Nigerian economy.”
In his response, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State thanked the CBN governor for the donation.
He said: “We remain liberally indebted for Emefiele’s widow’s mite to our displaced persons in camps. Branch comptroller of CBN, Ibahim, we are grateful for your support to IDPs.”
He equally thanked Emefiele for selling the CBN quarters in the state to the Borno State government, assuring that the payments
for the residential quarters would be made to the central bank this month.