19 June 2016
Since their feeding condition improved dramatically, females in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp at Pompomari, Damaturu, Yobe, have embarked on animal fattening using left-over of foods provided in the camp.
A check at the camp on Sunday showed that the women engaged in goats and sheep fattening to enhance their economic status.
Rather than allow the left-over foods to waste, the women sun-dry them and feed same to domestic animals which they later sell to earn additional living.
Bulama Shefuri a community leader and resident of the camp confirmed the development and said: “look at these food remnants spread in the sun, they are being dried to serve the animals; it is from what is left of the food served to the IDPs that now serve as animal feeds.’’
Mrs Habiba Makinta, an IDP, said she arrived at the camp with two goats and disposed them after fattening.
“They (goats) fetched me good price after fattening. I will soon replace them with the proceeds, she said.
Mrs Hauwa Mallum, a mother and camp resident confirmed that inmates enjoyed adequate food supply and always had excess.
“I have also bought a goat and joined other women in drying the left-over of foods to feed my goat,’’ she said.
Alhaji Musa Jidawa, Executive Secretary, Yobe State Emergency Management Agency, which coordinates activities at the camp said the agency provided additional food and fruits at the camp to ensure that inmates had pleasant Ramadan.
“We also slaughter cows to provide them with meat; as you can see (pointing to a cow), that cow tied to the stake will be slaughtered today (Sunday),’’ Jidawa said.