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Insurgency: Gov. Bindow Lauded the VSF support program assist in Adamawa


Insurgency: Gov. Bindow Lauded the VSF support program assist in Adamawa

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Governor Muhammadu Bindow, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Education, Mrs Kaletapwa Farauta, lauded the various interventions by VSF and assured it of his administration’s maximum support.

Bindow said that the state had also declared a state of emergency in the education sector and was following that up with series of actions.

“We are following up our declaration of state of emergency in education sector with a lot of activities and we are mindful of what we are doing to ensure that our children of school age are not left roaming the streets. We are most grateful for your support,” he said.

The District Head of Garkida, Malam Saidu Tarfa, expressed gratitude to the fund and other government and non-governmental organisations for their support to the community and others affected by the insurgency.

Tarfa assured the fund of sustained support and cooperation of the community in its effort to boost education and rehabilitate the area.

Highlight of the occasion was distribution of school bags, sandals, text and exercise books, among other materials, to pupils of Garkida “C” Primary School.

The Victims Support Fund (VSF) says it will assist 12,000 pupils and 31 schools under its education empowerment programme in three local government areas affected by insurgency in Adamawa.

The Executive Director of the fund, Prof. Sunday Ochoche, made this known on while flagging-off the second phase of distribution of school bags, learning and teaching materials to pupils and officials of affected schools in Garkida town of Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa.

Ochoche said that the three local government areas selected for the second phase comprised Gombi, Maiha and Michika, adding that under the first phase undertaken last year, 7000 pupils benefitted from 13 schools in Hong, Mubi North and Mubi South Local Government Areas of the state.

“It is so exciting to us from VSF to be back in Adamawa in continuation of what we are mandated to do by the President.

“We are here in continuation of the implementation of our education empowerment programme.

“VSF from inception has focus much on human dimension on recovery from the insurgency; we want to encourage every child and teacher back to school, and to help change the situation of the narrative that gave birth to Boko Haram in the first place.

“And we are convinced that there is no way we can change the narrative without addressing the issue of education and things that will enhance education,” Ochoche said.

He reiterated the commitment of the fund to work with Adamawa Government in reducing to the barest minimum the number of children out of school.

The Director Programme of the fund, Prof. Nana Tanko, who lauded stakeholders working with the fund in the implementation of the programme, tasked parents and school authorities to ensure maximum utilisation of the learning and teaching materials provided.

Tanko cautioned against misuse such as selling the materials, and urged the public to monitor and seize any of the items found being sold in the market or anywhere.

“If you see any of these support materials on sale, please seize it,” Tanko advised.

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