By Ndahi Marama

MAIDUGURI—Presidential Initiative for the North East, PINE, has concluded arrangements with Lafarge,  owners of Ashaka Cement in Gombe State, to invest about $100 million to create jobs and alleviate poverty caused by activities of Boko Haram sect in the region.

This was disclosed yesterday by the Secretary of PINE, Mallam Umar Gulani, who was in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, with his team to distribute relief materials to victims of insurgency in the state.

In Jere local government area alone, more than 5,500 bags of rice, sanitary materials, rain jackets among others, were freely distributed to over 30,000 households, including the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, at various camps.

Gulani said  he was in the troubled state to personally monitor the distribution of 79,000 assorted bags of 10 kg packaged rice and other relief materials to the people of the state  in line with the federal government’s determination to cushion the hardship faced by victims of Boko Haram, especially the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, taking refuge at various camps in the state.

He noted that as at Monday, PINE had already distributed relief items to people living at Nganzai, Magumeri, Biu and Damboa council areas, while Maiduguri metropolis and Jere, which constituted the largest population, received their own share on Tuesday.

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