Borno Offers Free Education to 23,000 Ophaned Children

 

 

The Borno Government has said for children in the state who have been ophaned and  displaced by activities of Boko Haram, it will offer nursery and primary school scholarships to 23,000 of them.

This is for them to overcome the trauma and useful to themselves and the society afterwards.

Disclosing this on Sunday in Maiduguri, Ahmed Satomi, the Chairman, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said the gesture was aimed at catering for the education of the vulnerable children who lost their parents to the insurgents.

He said the orphans, who were unaccompanied children found in various Boko Haram liberated towns, would be engaged in meaningful activities that would make them forget their traumatic experience.

The SEMA official explained that the agency, in collaboration with other Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs, was doing everything possible to cater for the welfare of the orphaned children.

“The children are all Boko Haram victims; some of their parents were killed while some of them had fled without any traces.

“We are doing what we can through our Child Protection Centre that offers training, counselling and other psychosocial support for the children.

“The Ministry for Women Affairs is helping us a lot in this regard.

“We also have NGOs like Save the Children, UNICEF, Red Cross, UNDP and WHO which are working round the clock to provide good healthcare services and other supports,” he said.. Satomi said SEMA had separate kitchen for children where good foods were prepared and served to them. He expressed the hope that the living parents of the unaccompanied children would soon be identified.

“With the recent mop-up exercise by the military and the liberation of IDPs from Cameroon, Dikwa, Gwoza and Bama, we are sure that some of the parents of these children would be identified,” he said.

Also, in Adamawa, Haruna Furo, the Secretary, Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, said on Sunday that about 90 per cent of IDPS in the various camps in the state had returned home.

Furo, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Yola, said the affected persons were from seven local government areas of the state.

“Following recapturing of the areas and return of normalcy, about 90 per cent of the displaced persons in the camps have left.

“The displaced persons that remain in the camps are those whose villages are at the fringes of Sambisa, who felt it is still not safe to go back home,” Furo said.

 

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