The sum of N1.63 billion has been approved by the federal government for the procurement of poultry in Borno, Plateau, Yobe and Zamfara states.

This was disclosed by the minister of humanitarian, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Farouk at the end of the 43rd virtual federal executive council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.

Giving a breakdown of the amount, Farouk said the council approved the sum of N60.27 million for the procurement of poultry for Borno and Plateau states (Lot C5) in favour of Messrs Nasim & Janan Collection Limited.

She said the approved sum revises the initial contract by 4.86 percent from N1.23 billion to N1.29 billion.

Farouk further said the FEC approved the procurement of Poultry for Yobe and Zamfara states (Lot C9) in favour of Messrs Bravura Tech. Limited in the sum of N15.88 million.

She explained that this also represents an increase of 4.87 percent of the initial contract sum from N324.71 million to N340.52 million.

Farouk condemned the recent attack by herdsmen on internal displaced persons (IDPs) camp at Abagena community in Benue state.

She said her ministry was working assiduously to alleviate the suffering of the affected people and facilitate their return to their homes.

“Really a very sad development and I’m sure the security agencies are on top of it. What I can say is that there should be enhanced security around these areas where we have these incessant attacks,” the minister said.

“For us in the ministry, we do our best to see that these displaced people are being supported and catered for while we work towards returning them back to their communities.”

Farouk called for more security around IDP camps in Benue state.

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