Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima on Sunday gave a breakdown of donations received on behalf of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, insisting that a total of N345 million was received as against the rumoured that he had collected billions of Naira.
Borno State, the most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, has over two million IDPs and gas spent billions of Naira on managing camps and taken care of displaced persons in host communities and rebuilding destroyed settlements.
Addressing journalists in Maiduguri, shortly after returning from Abuja where he met with President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss the issues of internally displaced persons in the state, Shettima stated that only a total of three hundred and forty five million naira (N345m) has been received as cash donation by his administration from May, 2011 when he inherited the Boko Haram crisis to date.
He said: “You see, contrary to wild assumptions that the Borno State Government has received billions of cash donations in local and foreign currencies for the management of Internally Displaced Persons, a lot of Nigerians may be shocked to know that a total of three hundred and forty five million naira (N345m) is the overall amount received as cash donation by our administration from May, 2011 to date.
The governor disclosed the donations received to include: N200 million in four years from the federal government under former President Goodluck Jonathan, N50 million from Lagos State Government in October, 2015, N25 million from Edo State Government in 2013, N20 million from Kano State in 2013, N20 million from Adamawa State in 2013, N10 million from Ekiti State in 2013, N10 million from Osun State in 2013, N5 million from Kaduna State and N5 million from Unity Bank.
He added that a woman who preferred anonymity donated N100,000.
He said while the state was able to receive cash donation of N345 million in total, she was spending N600m every month to cater for IDP’S throughout the Jonathan era.
He however revealed that apart from cash donation, the state was also able to get food and medications from some sources, which include, Kebbi State Government which donated 1,200 bags of rice, Ebonyi State Government gave 5,000 bags of rice, Taraba gave three trucks of highland tea and Gombe gave six trucks of assorted food products via two interventions.
He equally admitted that other groups visited and donated food items in the last five years but certainly not cash to Borno State Government.
He revealed that International partners operate in such a way that they have technical partners that implement their interventions.
Shettima said: “We have received tremendous support from some part of the International community but no foreign country or any International partner within or outside the UN and major world donors gave any cash to our administration from 2011 to date for the purpose of IDPs but rather all donations come in materials like medical supplies, technical support and food items, most of which are directly distributed by the International partners themselves to reach IDPs in different parts of Borno State.
He however admitted that: “If there is one organisation that has given us any cash donation outside the N345m for IDPS, it was the Dangote Foundation which gave Borno N400m but that was not for IDPs, it was an economic empowerment programme for women which the Dangote Group launched in different States including Lagos, Kano, Jigawa, Kogi, Adamawa and Yobe States in which N10,000 each was given to about three or four hundred thousand women across these States I mentioned. The N2b Dangote announced in support of Borno two months ago, we requested that he does not give us cash but building materials worth the amount”.