Friday, May 26, 2017 9:08 am
Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno says the State Government is providing succour to over 500,000 orphans and 35,000 widows who are victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the state.
Shettima said this on Thursday during the swearing in ceremony of the 2017 Batch ’A’ NYSC corps members posted to Borno, at the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence College, Katsina.
He said that the victims were accommodated at different Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the state.
Represented by the Borno Commissioner for Higher Education, Ahmed Babawo, the Governor charged the corps members to also come up with projects aimed at assisting the victims.
“I call on you to complement the efforts of Borno Government by initiating projects or programmes to improve the living standard of persons at our IDPs camps,” he said.
He said that the corps members should not be scared of their posting to Borno as the state was now peaceful.
Shettima dismissed reports that Borno was still under the control of Boko Haram, saying such reports were fabricated by a section of the media.
He explained that the swearing-in ceremony for the corps members was shifted to Katsina State because the NYSC camp in Borno was being occupied by Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
The governor assured the corps members of their safety, saying that necessary assistance would be provided to them to enable them to carry out their national assignment.
The NYSC Coordinator for Borno , Suleman Muhtari ,commended the state government for its financial and moral assistance for smooth running of the orientation programme.
Muhtari said series of programmes were organised to equip corps members to make them self-reliant after the one-year mandatory service.
NAN reports that the NYSC was established over 40 years ago to foster unity among Nigerian Youths.
The Borno Government had provided assorted foodstuff to the corps members to cater for them during their stay at the orientation camp.