The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has donated assorted relief materials and Personal Protection Equipments (PPEs) among others to Borno.
Recieving the items for onward distribution to beneficiaries, Gov. Babagana Zulum represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Isa Hussaini Marte, thanked NIMASA for the gesture which is inline with its corporate social responsibly.
He recalled how NIMASA sponsored some Borno students currently undergoing studies in various institutions in India and Greece.
He described the gesture as timely at this critical time of massive reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) back to their liberated communities.
“On behalf of Government and the people of Borno State, we commend the DG of NIMASA and his team for their unflinching support to our IDPs.
“This is not the first time NIMASA is supporting the present administration, it has since sponsored quite a number of Borno students who are currently undergoing studies at various institutions in India and Greece, we are very grateful indeed,” Zulum said.
Also speaking at the occassion, the Commissioner of Inter-Governmental Affairs and Special Duties, Engr. Kabir Wanori, lauded the cordial relationship between his ministry and NIMASA.
Introducing the NIMASA team who were in Maiduguri for the official handing over, the Commissioner of Intergovernmental Affairs and Special Duties, Engr Kabir Wanori, acknowledged the cordial working relationship that exists between the State Government through his ministry and NIMASA which has continue to impact positively on the state.
In his address, the Director-General NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, who was represented by the Executive Director Operations of the Agency, Shehu Ahmed said the items comprised Small and Medium Scale (SMEs) machines for empowerment, relief materials for IDPs, educational materials for schools as well as PPEs and testing kits for health institutions for COVID-19.
“We are here to witness the flag-off and handing over of multi million Naira SMEs, relief materials donated by NIMASA to Borno, Yobe and Gombe states.
“In Borno state, our DG has directed me to hand over some assorted numbers of grinding, sewing, vulcanizing, water surface and welding machines as part of SME interventions for our IDPs. Others include; Tricycles, motorcycles, generator sets, hair dressing/clippers and accessories.
“We are also handing over bags of rice, sugar, maize, millet, beans, cartons of maggi, spaghetti and other condiments as relief items.
“Others include Covid -19 PPEs and Rapid Test Kits, detergents, mosquito nets for our health workers and teaching materials such as desk top HP computers, textbooks, white/green Boards and many instructional materials to our Primary and Secondary Schools across the state.
“I want to inform you that similar items are to be handed over to Governments of Yobe and Gombe state respectively,” the DG added.