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NEMA Concludes Distribution Of KSrelief Food Items+PHOTOS

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…. As IDPs commends FG, NEMA, Saudi Govt for the gesture

By Gloria Ikibah

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has concluded distribution of food items donated by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno State.

Naijablitznews.com recalled that the Saudi Arabian based humanitarian agency, KSrelief donated the food items which were distributed to about 16,000 IDPs households by NEMA in collaboration with Borno State Emergency Management Agency at 8 camps and host communities located at El-Miskin, Doro, Asheri, Shuwari, Nganzai, Muna Kumbori, Gongulon, Madinatu 1 and Madinatu 2 that are located in and around Maiduguri, the state capital.

The relief distribution was flagged off by the Governor of Borno State, Babagana Umar Zulum with the Director General NEMA, Mustapha Ahmed on 6th December 2022 at El-Miskin Camp.

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The Director Planning Research and Forecasting NEMA, Hajiya Fatima Suleiman Kasim coordinated the food distribution which were carried out in two cycles in December 2022 and January 2023 respectively. She said each of the 16,000 IDPs households were given a total of 59.8kilogram basket of food comprising of 25kg of rice; 25kg of beans; 4kg of Masa Vita flour; 2kg of tomato paste; 2litres of groundnut oil; 1kg of salt and 0.8kg of seasoning cubes.

She stated that the partnership between NEMA and KSrelief, dates back to 2018 and 2021 when the Saudi Arabian humanitarian agency donated similar relief items to IDPs and persons affected by banditry in Borno, Yobe and Zamfara States respectively.

Some beneficiaries of the food items appreciated KSrelief and the Government of Saudi Arabia for the donation and NEMA for being diligent in the distribution at the camps.

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A housewife Malam Iyakura who lives in Shuwari camp who is a beneficiary thanked the Government of Saudi Arabia for the items and NEMA for facilitating delivery of the items to them.

Also Malam Mukhtar Umar who is an IDP living in Doro camp said the donation was a huge relief to them in complementing the supports they were receiving from the Federal and Borno State Government.

He however, expressed the wish to return home to his communities to live in safety and cater for his family. He also appreciated the Government of Saudi Arabia and Federal Government for the food donation and orderly distribution to the beneficiaries.

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In a similar reaction, another beneficiary Malam Mohammed Lawan in Asheri Camp said he was excited by the food items given to him and other IDPs. While appreciating the relief support, he also thanked the Nigerian military for their commitments and sacrifices to restore security for safe return of the displaced persons back to their communities.

Likewise a community based worker at El-Miskin camp, Abdullahi Mohammed, said the relief donation and distribution at the camp was timely. He said the declining food situation in the camp had prompted a call for support, which the intervention has come at the right time and provided for the feeding needs of the IDPs.

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JUST IN: IMF ask CBN to extend Feb 10 deadline for old naira notes

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By Francesca Iwambe

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has advised the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to extend the February 10 deadline for the use of old naira notes if the difficulties in getting new notes persist.

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According to the IMF, the call become necessary as the development had led to the disruptions to trade and payments due to the shortage of new noted in the bank.

The call was contained in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday.

“In light of hardships caused by disruptions to trade and payments due to the shortage of new bank notes available to the public, in spite of measures introduced by the CBN to mitigate the challenges in the banknote swap process, the IMF encourages the CBN to consider extending the deadline, should problems persist in the next few days leading up to the February 10, 2023 deadline,” the statement reads.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court suspends February 10 deadline for naira swap

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By Francesca Iwambe, Abuja

The Supreme Court of Nigeria has restrained the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Federal Government from ending the legal tender statuses of old N200, N500 and N1000 banknotes on February 10, 2023.

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The apex court made the order following the suit filed by three State governments challenging the Naira swap policy.

Recall that governments of Kaduna, Zamfara and Kogi States had approached the Supreme Court seeking an order to stop the policy.

Naijablitznews.com will bring you more details shortly

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CBN captures more Communities as currency swap is continuous in Taraba

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Emmanuel Awari-Jalingo

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), on Friday extend her currency swap exercise to more Communities of Yorro, Ardo-Kola and Ibi local government areas of Taraba state.

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The Director Financial System Strategy, Central Bank of Nigeria, Ibrahim Hassan who disclosed this to our correspondent in Jalingo said, the development was in continuation of the CBN initiative targeted at ensuring that all rural dwellers in Taraba have their old naira notes swapped to new ones or deposited in banks before the extended CBN deadline for currency swap.

Hassan noted that the currency Swap Initiative was to help save communities who do not have access to bank, swap their old naira notes to the new notes.

“Just as we have been doing to ensure that people in the rural Communities of Taraba who do not have access to Bank have their old naira notes swap to new ones. CBN delegation have been drafted to more Communities of Yorro, Ardo-Kola and Ibi local to ensure success of the initiative.

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“CBN delegation for Yorro is led by Mr Jackson Imandi, the Deputy Director, the one Ardo-Kola is led by Mr. Kazeem Olatinmu while the one in Ibi local government is been led by the CBN Head of Banking Services in Taraba State, Hayatu Yahaya Shehu to ensure the villagers gain advantage of the Ten days extension for the currency swap” Hassan explained.

When contacted, the chief of Mumuye in Yorro local government, Ado Adamu Manang, that of Ibi, Abubakar Salihu Danbaw and some beneficiary of the exercise in Ardo-Kola local government, Mohammed Musa, Hafsatu Babangida and Isa Mahmud, commended the central Bank of Nigeria for the exercise as it was the best for villagers and promised to help create massive awareness for people to swap their old naira notes to the new ones.

According to them, businesses were already collapsing as people were no longer accepting the old naira notes even before the extended window.

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