;The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Saturday in Kano, told the Children displaced by insurgency not to lose hope as the Federal Government was committed to providing for their future.
Osinbajo gave this indication at the Internally Displaced Persons’ School in Mariri, Kano, where some 100 children from Borno were receiving education and psychological therapy, courtesy of the Kano State Government.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is committed to the Presidential Initiative for North East (PINE) Project to take care of all those affected by insurgency in the country.
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He recalled the interaction the President had with the PINE Committee headed by Gen. Theophilus Danjuma in Abuja, adding that besides educating the children, government was interested in rebuilding places destroyed by terrorists.
He said PINE was a huge plan that had immediate, medium and long term plans.
He added that, part of that is the education of children who are displaced. Part of that also is resettlement, the rebuilding of homes and bridges and de-mining of farms.”
The vice president said several farms in the North East had been planted with mines by the insurgents and that it was the plan of the Federal Government to remove all the impediments in the land.
He said government was doing a comprehensive de-mining of the affected areas to enable the displaced persons to return to their communities to resume their businesses and economic activities, including farming.
He explained that the Internally Displaced Persons school established by the Kano State Government was a creative and humanitarian project, given the circumstances of the children.
He noted that the Kano State Government had demonstrated to others how to show concern for the future of the children.
He said, “despite everything that has happened to them, it is obvious that the children’s future is bright.”