Zulum flies N65m to border town with Cameroon, shares cash to 8,000 widows, others  


By Michy Abraham in Maiduguri

Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has given N65 million to 8,000 widows and other people in critical humanitarian needs in Nigerian border town of Rann.

Rann, the headquarters of Kala-Balge local government area of Borno State, which is often cut off from the rest of the country during rainy season, shares border with Cameroon.

Rann, can only be accessed by road through the Republic of Cameroon, also of a discharge from a dam in Central Africa which trapped Nigerians in Rann, cutting them from traveling to others parts of Borno and denying them access to farms which are flooded.

The governor on Saturday had to fly in the needed money into Rann as the town was inaccessible by road through Nigeria and there was no bank through which the cash could be transferred.

The cash is to allow the people buy food supplies from a border village in neighboring Cameroon Republic, for livelihoods.

Zulum, during Saturday’s trip, the fifth since he became the governor of the troubled state last year supervised the N65m cash distribution to families of 8,000 widows and some vulnerable residents.

Each family (called household) in the community was given between N10,000 and N5,000 cash.

Before traveling to Kala-Balge, Zulum was in Kaduna on Friday for Northern Governors’ meeting.

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He had used the trip to Kaduna to inspect some property owned by the Borno State Government in state.

The property include Kaduna lodge and palace of the Shehu of Borno, the Governor’s Lodge and Liason Office, Government Staff Quarters, and Borno Hotels.

He ordered technical evaluation of those properties in need of rehabilitation.

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