President Goodluck Jonathan has directed that over 25,000 metric tons of assorted food be released from the strategic grains reserves of the Federal Government to the three states under emergency rule.
The gesture is aimed at ameliorating the sufferings of the people of Adamawa, Borno and Yola states who have been under state of emergency declared by the President in May.
Disclosing this to Journalists yesterday in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, the Minister of State for Finance, Yerima Ngama said the directive was in response to an appeal made by him and the Minister of State for Agriculture, Tijani Bukar to the president over the suffering of the people of the three states.
Mr Ngama explained that the insecurity has caused untold hardship on the people with the restriction of movement which has reduced farming activities in the states hence the intervention of the federal government.
He disclosed that 25,000 metric tons of food is equivalent to 930 trailer loads of food stuff which is over half a million bags of maize, millet and guinea corn.
The minister further explained that due to the large quantity of food required, it will be released in batches.
A breakdown reveals that a total of 399 bags of 665 trailer loads will be released to the three states in the first batch.