By Vincent Ekhoragbon
Gombe—The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has commenced the distribution of 990 metric tonnes of assorted relief food to internally-displaced persons, IDPs, in Gombe State under the Federal Government Food Initiative in the North-East.
Abdulsalam Mohammed, Leader of the distribution team, said the exercise had been on for about a week and will cover every single community that harbours an IDP camp in all the local government areas of the state.
He said the distribution exercise, which is being done on door-to-door basis, started with the enumeration of IDPs a few weeks ago and it is expected to cover over 40,000 beneficiaries.
Mohammed added that each household is served a single ration of grains made up of 50kg of maize, 12.5kg of soya beans and 12.5kg of guinea corn.
The beneficiaries, led by their state Chairman, Abba Jatto Damboa, applauded the Federal Government for the initiative and appreciated NEMA for delivering the goods to those they are meant for.
They said it is the best food relief distribution they had ever witnessed as it takes into consideration the size of the various families, saying it is unlike the previous ones where even a single adults got the same as families as large as 20 members and even more.
He explained that a household is measured by six members and below, and that that the ration increases with the size as each household that has seven to 12 members gets additional ration, and so on.