Borno IDP children enrolled in school in Damasak
By Sadiq Abubakar
About one thousand two hundred children of Internally Displaced Persons in Damasak, Borno State, in the shores of Lake Chad, have been enrolled into primary school.
This was made possible following a three-day enrollment campaign in the area supervised by Governor Babagana Zulum
The pupils who hailed Guzamala and Abadam local government areas in northern Borno, had been out of school following the displacement of their parents and guardians as a result of attacks on communities by Boko Haram.
Zulum appealed to parents to allow their children enroll in schools. He noted that where functional schools are provided by government, social welfare assistance from government will eventually be restricted to parents who allow their children and wards to attend schools whether western or combined curriculum of Islamic and western education.
The governor also addressed secondary school students in Damasak and those who have written their senior schools certificate exams, in preparation for higher institution. He promised all of them government support to help them actualize their dreams.
While still in Damasak, Governor Zulum launched the distribution of water pumps, fertilizers, seeds, chemicals and gift of five thousand naira cash to each of 1,200 farmers embarking on dry season irrigation food cultivation.
The also governor supervised the distribution of food combination to 10,000 internally displaced families in need of support. Each of the 10,000 families received 25kg of rice 25kg of beans, 25kg of maize and 5 litres of cooking oil as part of interventions to support their lives before they can generate livelihoods for themselves.
Damasak, headquarters of Mobbar local government area in northern Borno, is a former stronghold of Boko Haram insurgents before it was liberated and citizens are now resettled.
The governor traveled with Senator Abubakar Kyari, the senator representing Bornog northern Borno, who is also an indigene of Damasak. Also on the trip is state caretaker chairman of the APC, Ali Bukar Dalori, commissioner for Agric, Engr Bukar Talba and some stakeholders with affiliation to Mobbar LGA.