Northern Governors’ Wives Harp on IDPs’ Empowerment
The Northern Governors’ Wives Forum (NOGWF) has tasked 19 Governors to‘empower and educate’ Internally Displaced Women and Children (IDWC)in camps and host communities of Northeast.
The decade long Boko Haram insurgency in region, has affected Borno,Adamawa and Yobe states with destruction of many lives and property.NOGWF’s Vice Chairperson,
Dr. Falmata Babagana Zulum, gave the task;while distributing relief materials on Thursday at Stadium InternallyDisplaced Persons (IDPs) camp, Maiduguri.
“We’re here today to discuss and brainstorm on common problems facingthis region and proffer solutions,” she said, disclosing that thesolutions are on how best to implement measures address poverty,unemployment and out of school children.
She noted that the good people of Borno state would ever remaingrateful to forum members, saying that; “This is because you share ourgrief and provided a sense of belonging; when we need it most,particularly the succour of distributing food items to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in 2015.”
She said the most disturbing issues facing the north, are increasingnumber of children out of school; drugs abuse and addiction; andviolence against women.
According to her, these have led to insecurity to lives and propertyand other vices in the region.
She said in Borno state alone, there are over two million IDPs incamps and hos communities.
Dr. Falmata also noted that with gradual return of IDPs, the state government is gradually returning them for resettlement in earnest.
She noted that out of the 7.3 million displaced persons, there are over200, 000 widows with 59,311 children being orphaned by decade longinsurgency.
The wives of the governor told her colleagues ,governors’ wives that women IDPs need to be empowered,while children are educated, as they are out of school since July,2009.
She affirmed that the education of children, including the orphaned ones,could provide a solid foundation for their future.
Her words:“I want you my sisters to look at how each one of you cankey in and support these IDPs with resettlement equipment andempowerment machines and materials.
“You could also construct and equip skills acquisition training centres for IDPs. These are to restore their livelihoods to becomeself-reliant.”
She stressed that the empowerment of women IDPs could be part of forum’s pet projects in each of the 19 member states.