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Presidential panel spent N10b on Northeast IDPs in two years

THE Federal Government spent N10 billion on foods for victims of insurgency in the Northeast in the last two years, it was learnt yesterday.

Due to the devastating effect of Boko Haram insurgency on education in the region, the Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiatives (PCNI) is committing over N2 billion to support 67,000 students and 6,750 teachers to encourage conducive learning environment.

The education intervention programme was launched simultaneously on Monday in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

PCNI Vice Chairman Tijani Tumsah, who spoke in yesterday, stated that with about 1.7 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the region, a 25-kilogrammes food basket of seven items at a cost of N54,000 is spent on a family monthly.

The Nation, February 6, 2019

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