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Niger worse hit by terrorism than Borno – Bago

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The Governor of Niger State, Mohammed Umaru Bago has expressed concern over the huge negative impact of the activities of terrorists in the state, noting that the situation could be worse than that of Borno state.

Governor Bago disclosed this on Thursday when speaking to a delegation from the Victims Support Fund at the Government House, Minna, the state capital.

He then called for lasting intervention and support from the Federal Gvernment and development partners in providing succour to the people affected by activities of terrorists in the state,

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The governor said the state is one of the worst hit states by terrorism.

Bago attributed the cause to the size of the state, arable land, bodies of water and illegal mining activities in the state.

Bemoaning the devastating effect of terrorists in the state, Bago added that “the situation could be worse than that of Borno state.”

He said, “ I want to appreciate the VSF for coming to the aid of those affected by the nefarious activities of terrorists. I want to appeal to the Federal Government, International Development partners and all meaningful Nigerians for more support to our people who are now suffering from the hardship occasioned by the activities of terrorists in the state.

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The Executive Director of VSF, Prof Nana Tanko noted that they were in the state to complement state government efforts in the area of welfare for victims of terrorism.

She said after assessing the situation in the state, three Local Government Areas were identified for intervention which include Shiroro, Lapai and Kontagora.

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While saying the organisation noticed shortage in food supply in the three local government areas, Nana declared that of 3,000 households, 1,000 from each of the selected local governments would benefit from the intervention.

She said the organisation would further rebuild the livelihood of the people by providing support to skilled entrepreneurs, fertiliser and farm inputs to farmers to aid agricultural activities in the state.

Food items to be distributed are 10kg of rice, beans, vegetable oil, salt, and sugar.

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