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Forum urges 19 northern governors to empower, educate IDP women, children

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• Zulum lays foundation for 1,000 houses, school for displaced persons, orphans

The Northern Governors’ Wives Forum (NOGWF) has tasked 19 governors to ‘empower and educate’ Internally-Displaced Women and Children (IDWC) in camps and host-communities of North-East.

NOGWF’s Vice Chairperson, Dr. Falmata Babagana Zulum, gave the task while distributing relief materials yesterday at Stadium Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Maiduguri.

“We’re here today to discuss and brainstorm on common problems facing this region and proffer solutions,” she said. She noted that the good people of Borno State would ever remain grateful to forum’s members.She said the most disturbing issues facing the North are increasing number of children out of school, drugs abuse and addiction, and violence against women.

According to her, these have led to insecurity to lives and property and other vices in the region.She said that in Borno State alone, there are over two million IDPs in camps and host-communities.

Falmata also noted that with gradual return of IDPs, the state government is gradually returning them for resettlement in earnest.She said that out of the 7.3 million displaced persons, there are over 200,000 widows with 59,311 children being orphaned by the insurgency.

Meanwhile, Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum has laid foundation for construction of 1,000 houses and higher Islamic school for displaced persons and out-of-school children. According to him, the housing and school projects sited in Monguno are to accommodate 89,000 IDPs and 100,000 out-of-school children.

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