VICTIMS SUPPORT FUND (VSF) FOOD DISTRIBUTES FOOD ITEMS TO VICTIMS OF TERRORISM IN YOBE STATE
The Chairman of the Victims Support Fund (VSF), General TY Danjuma (rtd) GCON, in continuing the implementation of the VSF mission, which is to support the indigent victims of terrorism and insurgency has approved support for the distribution of food items to 8,621 households who are recently affected and displaced victims of terrorism in Yobe State.
Approximately, 60,347 individuals would be benefitting from this intervention. The beneficiaries are households affected by the insurgency and in dire need of food assistance. They are currently living as Internally Displaced Persons in formal and informal camps, as well as in the host communities in Geidam, Tarmuwa, Damaturu, Gashuwa and Yunusari LGAs.
The intervention involves the distribution of food items estimated to meet the nutritional needs of each household for at least 4 weeks. The detailed package for each benefitting household is made up of a 50kg bag consisting of the following: Maize flour (15kg), Millet grits (15kg) Beans (10kg), Salt (2kg), Vegetable oil (0.75 litres X 3), Tomato paste (15 sachets), Pepper and Onion paste, (15 sachets) and Seasoning Cubes – Maggi Cubes (2 packs).
VSF is collaborating with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, specifically the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (YOSEMA) in implementing the current intervention to effectively distribute the food items to the beneficiaries.
The Chairman VSF, General TY Danjuma (GCON) in 2021 approved the distribution of soluble fertilizer and knapsack sprayers to 700 farmer households to grow food for their sustenance. The return of the IDPs to the farm was disrupted by challenges of insecurity that made the farms inaccessible. This current intervention by the VSF is therefore critical in sustaining the lives of the affected population.
A similar intervention was also implemented by the VSF at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. It involved the donation of food items, medical consumables and PPEs to 2455 households, in addition to that, VSF interventions have impacted millions through its thematic areas of Education & Protection, Livelihood & Recovery, Research & Peace Building, and Infrastructure Development.