Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Fed Govt targets 1m out of school children in Northeast

The Federal Government (FG), through the Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiative (PCNI) has set up plans targeting the over one million children, out of school in the Northeast.

The plans through the PCNI is a collaboration between the Federal Government, states and donor agencies to ensure that children in the Northeast that have been out of school for three to six years are returned.

Member of PCNI, Senator Representing Borno South constituency, Ali Ndume stated that the initiative also targets saving children with acute malnutrition and prioritise projects in the Northeast.

Senator Ndume made the revelation yesterday, after a meeting of the committees in Abuja.

He added that the initiative is centred on the humanitarian crises in the Northeast and charting out ways on how communities destroyed by Boko Haram can be rebuilt.

He said: “The initiative is centred on the humanitarian crises in the Northeast, which you know food security, malnutrition of children, access to health and the rekindling of education are the principal things that we need to address, we are now more or less laying the foundation before we launch full swing the activities of the PCNI, you know it is a Presidential intervention so to say and we want to lay a solid foundation, all the meetings we have been having is to lay a solid foundation, to execute the Buhari plan which is the mandate given to us.

“Now we are trying to work out a way to really start implementing the Buhari plan effectively so that it can have the desired impact which is in dire need now to the humanitarian crises that exist in the Northeast particularly as it affects Borno, Yobe, Adamawa.

“It has to do with rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement but we are trying to prioritise the projects, most of the people affected are farmers and most of the IDP’s are living with the host communities, we are trying to strategise first we have to save the people, then secondly save the children that are saving acute malnutrition, we are trying to complement and reach out to them, we are trying to take the children back to school, some of the children have been out of school for three to six years and it is dangerous for the future of this country.

“The target is to work with states, Federal Government and other international donor agencies to make sure that the about 1m children with no access to education, have access, prior to this crises, the Northeast was an area that is believed to be the poorest on earth because of the challenges of poverty, education, environment etc, insuregency has only added to the problem.”

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