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Osinbajo seeks more interventions for IDP’s education

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Vice president Yemi Osinbajo has called on stakeholders to lend more support and interventions towards the education of displaced children in the North east.

Already, Osinbajo said he and some friends had set up a fund and built schools accommodating about 1500 displaced children in the zone.

He said thousands of children, especially girls who had lost their parents in the North east, were still displaced.

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“In August 2015, I paid my first official visit to Maiduguri, Borno State to inspect the IDPs and other facilities for the victims of the conflict in the North east. We counted over 49,000 young children who had lost their parents; almost half of them girls; that was only in parts of the metropolis; there were thousands more.

“The tragedy of conflict and its outcomes in poverty and displacement is stark; governments alone cannot handle it; there are international NGOs here and there but the local private response is still so little.

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“I met with a group of friends and set up the North East Children Fund NECT, chaired by Jim Ovia; the objective is to build learning centres equipped to handle traumatised children, and give them world-class education and care.

“We have built the first accommodating over 1500; we have taken over another school for about 700, and are looking at the prospects of a bigger facility,’’ he said.

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He said that the board invited Grange School; Lagos to help in teacher and school experience orientation and it had done a wonderful job.

According to him, in spite of the best efforts of the Borno State government, much more remains to be done.

The vice president commended the selflessness and enterprising spirit of the founders of Atlantic Hall who not only dared to envision the great institution but committed their lives and resources to it.

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He said the products of the school had excelled in their various fields of endeavour.

On her part, the Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, lauded the wisdom of the founding sisters who conceived the vision of establishing school.

Represented by Mrs Mary Paul, Managing Partner, Mopson Pharmaceuticals Limited, Buhari said she was heartily accepting being the grand matron of the endowment fund for indigent students.

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