Lt. General Theophilus Danjuma, chairman Victims Support Fund, VSF, on Friday assured of the fund’s continuous support to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, to rebuild their economic base through agricultural production.
General Danjuma gave the assurance in Giedam during the distribution of small ruminants for livestock farming to victims of insurgency.
Represented by Alkassum Abdulkadir, a Director in the fund, the chairman said the fund had commenced reconstruction of public structures destroyed by insurgents in Buni-Yadi, Gujba Local Government Area.
He assured that the fund was committed to resettling and rehabilitating the victims through reconstruction of public structures and economic empowerment through agricultural production.
“The fund will deliver relief and succour to contribute to the resettlement, reconstruction and rehabilitation of displaced persons in the North-East,” he said.
Prof. Sumday Ocheche, Executive Secretary of the fund, said 2,000 households in Gujba and Gulani local government areas had already benefited from agricultural and small scale enterprises support programme of the fund.
“The fund has provided agricultural inputs including seeds, fertilisers, pesticides and N20,000 cash support to each of the beneficiaries in the two local government areas.
“Today we are supporting another 200 households here in Giedam with a set of three she-goats and a he-goat to every benefiting household,” Ocheche said.
He charged the beneficiaries not to sell the goats, saying, “we hope these goats will multiply to 15 by next year to improve the economy of the victims.”
Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam, who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Mohammed Lamin, assured the fund of effective supervision to ensure judicious use of the animals.
Gaidam commended VSF for reconstructing the structures and supporting the victims toward economic recovery and appealed for more intervention.
“These support will enhance the resettlement, reconstruction and rehabilitation process of the state government,” the governor said.