North-East gets $50m for Save School Ini­tia­tive pro­gramme

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ya­haya Ibrahim, La­gos

The Save School Ini­tia­tives pro­gramme for chil­dren of com­mu­ni­ties in the North East af­fected by the Boko Haram cri­sis has re­ceived a boost with the do­na­tion of $50 mil­lion by the fed­eral and for­eign gov­ern­ments as well as in­ter­na­tional donors’ agen­cies.

The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Na­tional Emer­gency Agency (NEMA), Al­haji Mo­hammed Sani Sidi stated this at a meet­ing of the Safe School Ini­tia­tive Lead­ers in Tehran, Iran.

He said the fed­eral gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to safe­guard­ing stu­dents, teach­ers and schools’ in­fra­struc­tures as a top pri­or­ity of the present ad­min­is­tra­tion to­wards the full re­al­iza­tion of the Safe School Ini­tia­tive in the coun­try.

NEMA’s South West in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer, Ibrahim Farin­loye in a state­ment in La­gos quoted the DG as say­ing that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment has demon­strated its con­cern by re­leas­ing N3­bil­lion for the Pres­i­den­tial Ini­tia­tive in the North East (PINE) and N53­bil­lion for the Vic­tims Sup­port Fund (VSF) to ad­dress the var­i­ous emerg­ing is­sues to mit­i­gate the ef­fects of the fad­ing Boko Haram in­sur­gency.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, Al­haji Sidi dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion high­lighted the ma­jor causes of threats to safe school­ing and school in­fra­struc­tures as flood, rain/wind storm and com­mu­nity strife’s.

He added that the Boko Haram in­sur­gency has be­come the sin­gle most sig­nif­i­cant threat to schools and in­fra­struc­ture.

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