Zulum Register’s, Enrols Over 10,000 Out Of School IDPs Children, Drop Outs In Monguno

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*inspects schools, offices, guest house, farmlands

By; SADIQ ABUBAKAR, Maiduguri

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of  Borno State has physically coordinated and supervised the registration  and enrolment of over 10,000  out of school Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) children, drop outs, orphans, children of the poor/less privileged, physically challenged and deceased in Monguno town for two days from Sunday to Monday to remove  the children from  the streets to rid  the streets of miscreants and enhance educational pursuits.

Zulum also noted in an interview with journalists in Monguno that following the  displacement of the people by the insurgency and  as part of his 10-point Agenda, his government has  decided to embark on massive registration and enrolment of thousands of  the IDPs children  who mostly as drop outs or school age children,  have  not entered school, purposely to tackle  the menace of insecurity and unemployment among  other social vices.

He  further said that with efforts of federal and state  governments to restore  peace  in the state and subsequent gradual peace being enjoyed, he built schools for both both Western and Eastern education to address issues of illiteracy and insecurity to allow meaningful development and stabilization of socio economic and political activities in the state.

Zulum explained also, “that was why Islamic schools were built in all the three Senatorial Districts” while more will be built and the state government has given Monguno town attention as part of post insurgency rebuilding strategy, assuring continuity in developmental projects across the state to cushion the effects of the insurgency.

He added that all the schools will be digitized  and provided with modern technological facilities 

 to cater for those who want Eastern education in the exercise  which  was carried out by the Borno State Education Trust Fund (BSETFUND) and had a target of 7,000 children last year, when the exercise   kick started by a high powered State Committee on Enrolment of out of school and  school age  children registration  and enrolment  into primary and secondary schools  from Monguno, Marte, Guzamala and Kukawa LGAs.

The  children have been  in various designated  IDPs camps and host communities  in Monguno  town for some years,  which  about 15,000 children  from the  four LGAs of Borno North were profiled and enrolled into  primary and secondary schools.

The governor while addressing the people, appealed to parents and guardians to send their  subjects to school to enable them acquire  education as future leaders of the country, citing example of himself that, he also went to school before becoming a governor, after his parents sent him to school to acquire both Western and Eastern education,  which is  important. 

He assured the people that his government will do everything possible to provide quality and standard education to all and sundry irrespective of status of the children in the society, especially, the children of IDPs from the worst  hit and affected parts of the state that include Marte, Guzamala, Kukawa and Monguno LGAs of  Northern Borno.

Zulum further said the number of schools  have been established to squarely to accomodate  drop outs and out of school children  roaming the streets which emanated as a result of the insurgency that displaced the people from their ancestral homes  before  the emerging peace and return of IDPs back to their communities.

While supervising  and coordinating the  children’s  registration and enrolment physically from desk to desk, LGA to LGA, Zulum urged the parents and guardians to be calm and be cooperative as well  as assured that all school age children will be captured, profiled and enrolled  into schools even it will warrant some children being sent to schools in Maiduguri city to for their education..

The governor who  was accompanied and supported on the exercise by some top government officials, national and State Assembly members, enjoined the parents  not to hesitate sending their children for registration and enrolment, including the physically challenged children without any discrimination.

The governor also inspected some completed and ongoing  projects including   the completed    construction works at Monguno High Islamic School,  Federal Polytechnic Monguno and farmlands at the  outskirts of Monguno town as well as interacted with the  farmers that were returning from their farms and later inspected the new Guest House building renovated. by the State Ministry of RRR for staff of Federal Polytechnic Monguno.

He further inspected  the new  Governor’s Zonal Office  Monguno under construction  that will also accommodate  at least 12 directorate  offices for the state ministries of education, health, RRR, agriculture and other  directorates/agencies with directors as heads, which are  being rehabilitated by Ministry of RRR and a proposed site for the relocation of military formations  to the outskirts of  Monguno  town for the purpose of effective provision of security  to  lives  and property.

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