On Monday, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) started distributing food supplies to 500 households in Kano State that had been donated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief).
NEMA Director-General, Mr Mustapha Habib, while inaugurating the distribution in Kano, said this donation was in line with the provisions of humanitarian services to the people affected by natural and human-induced crises.
According to the reports, the leadership of Saudi Arabia-established KSrelief has been providing humanitarian aid and relief to those in need, outside the kingdom’s borders.
Habib, who was represented by Hajiya Fatima Kassim, the Planning, Research, and Forecasting Officer for NEMA, stated that the donation was appropriate because it fell during the holy month of Ramadan.
His words: “The 500 vulnerable households affected by disasters in Bunkure communities and other local government areas of Kano State were profiled by NEMA, in collaboration with Kano State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).
“Each household will get a total of 59.8kg of food items, including rice (25kg), beans (25kg), masa vita flour (4kg), tomato paste (2kg), vegetable oil (2 litres) and salt (0.8kg).”
In Borno, Yobe, and Zamfara states between 2018 and 2021, 8,050 internally displaced people (IDPs) received food basket donations from NEMA, working in conjunction with KSrelief.
“The food items will go a long way in contributing to the recovery process of the beneficiaries who have been impacted by insurgency,” he said.
The director-general then expressed his gratitude to King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Prime Minister Mohammad bin Salman, the Manager of KSrelief, and the people of Saudi Arabia for their ongoing concern and support.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Saleh Jili of SEMA praised the foundation for the kind deed, calling it the first of its kind.
He also thanked NEMA for exerting influence over and steering the state’s donation while advising the recipients to use the supplies wisely.
Earlier, Alhaji Nawaf Muhammad, Deputy Counsel General, Saudi Embassy, Kano, explained that the donation was made to help the recipients deal with their difficulties and vowed to keep doing so.
Speaking on behalf of the recipients, Malam Abdulaziz Muhammad thanked KSrelief and the organization for their generosity and urged continued support.