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Borno governor’s wife hosts displaced children


Programme Manager, Life Builders Initiative (LBI), Miss Timi Onafeso (right) addressing children of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the ‘School Without Walls’ before their participation in an environmental sanitation exercise organised by LBI in commemoration of this year’s World Malaria Day at Durumi camp in Abuja…yesterday. 												                                                                               PHOTO: NAN

The wife of Borno State Governor, Hajiya Nana Kashim Shettima yesterday hosted 500 children from the settlement camps of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the Government House, Maiduguri.

The children, with ages between five and 11 years, lost their parents to Boko Haram insurgency in the state.The beneficiaries were selected based on their performance in tutorials organised in the camps.

According to Mrs. Shettima: “The selected children for this Sallah celebration performed credibly in school. They were within 1st – 20th position in their primary schools in camps and were chosen to participate by their volunteer teachers while the Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Ahmed Satomi monitored the selection process.”

At the event, Nana commended President Muhammadu Buhari, troops of the Nigerian Army, the government and people of the state, including members of the Civilian JTF for defeating Boko Haram terrorists and restoring peace in Borno and the North East region of the country.

Her words: “In the last six years, the people of the state had witnessed severe trauma and hardship with crippled socio-economic activities. This is in addition to the killing of over 23,000 persons while 1.6 million others were displaced in various camps and neighbouring towns and cities in the country.

“But today we are celebrating with these children, not only for Sallah, but for the return of peace in the state. These children are eager to return to their ancestral homes and go back to live a normal life and return to school.”

In an interview with journalists, Satomi said: “It is gratifying that most of the IDPs from Gwoza, Askira/Uba,
Damboa, Konduga, Dikwa and Mafa council areas have returned to their liberated communities.”

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