The Victim Support Fund (VSF) has begun distribution of agricultural inputs to farmers affected by Boko Haram insurgency in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.
VSF executive director Sunday Ochoche announced this via a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by VSF Programme Assistant (Communication) Munachi Okoro.
According to Ochoche, the intervention aims at administering appropriate support to victims of insurgency and facilitate the restoration of the livelihood of the victims in the states.
He said that 3,000 households would receive agricultural inputs across the three most affected states of Borno Adamawa and Yobe.
According to him, “The VSF agro-based intervention provides agricultural inputs which include water pumps, improved varieties of seeds, fertiliser, pesticides and sprayers. The dry-season farming programme will improve household nutrition and also engender financial independence for victims who have returned to their communities.
“VSF continues to work to restore hope to victims of insurgency through promoting education for children through the provision of learning materials, the introduction of foster care programmes for orphaned children.
“It also provides psycho-social support for women and children, economic empowerment for women, strengthening health systems to cater to the medical needs of victims, reconstruction of public buildings and peacebuilding advocacy.”
Meanwhile, The Herald reported that the Nigerian Army said its troops had rescued 31 persons comprising 14 women and 17 children at Mantari, Malam Masari and Gabchari Villages in Bama Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno.
The Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, stated this in a statement on Monday in Abuja. Iliyasu said that the successful ambush operation conducted by the troops of 21 Special Armoured Brigade on Dec. 4 at Darel Jamel, Bama LGA of Borno led to the rescue.
He added that the troops killed a number of Boko Haram terrorists while several others escaped with gunshot wounds during the encounter. According to him, the combined troops of 68/94 Battalions of Operation LAFIYA DOLE also uncovered a Boko Haram enclave and engage it with devastating volumes of fire at Malam Fatori in Abadam LGA.