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Over 10,000 IDPs in FCT

…As 300 IDP kids on Mrs. Buhari’s scholarship

Cyril Ogar

It has been revealed that over 10,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are scattered all over the FCT in camps and even in private homes.

 This is as 300 IDP kids have benefited from scholarship awarded by the Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari to attend a boarding school in Abuja.

 This disclosure was made on Tuesday by Abbas Idris, Director, FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) when he addressed the press in Abuja.

 Idris also disclosed that the agency received a total of 486 fire calls and 40 rescue calls in 2015, while in 2016, 406 fire calls and 50 rescue calls were received.

 In responding to these distresses, N3, 103,600,000 was saved in 2015 while the sum of N2, 465, 400, 000 was saved in 2016 and in the same year 163 lives were saved.

 FEMA said that it has, in collaboration with UNHRC distributed relief materials to various IDP settlements in the FCT and has also collaborated with the FCT Health Secretariat to carry out immunization programmes against killer diseases as well as screen for communicable diseases.

 Empowering the IDPs, FEMA said they have trained women and children on ICT, bead making and tailoring which was done in collaboration with TY Danjuma Foundation. Currently, the Director said IDPs are being trained on rice farming in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

 On education, the FEMA Director revealed that over 1, 435 IDP children are in schools across the FCT, 99% of these school children already orphaned by insurgency.

 In a related development, the FEMA Director also revealed that 300 IDP children are enjoying scholarship from the Wife of the President, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari’s pet project that has taken over the management of a school in Gwarinpa, Abuja where the children are enjoying boarding facilities.

 Idris called on other good spirited Nigerians to emulate Mrs. Buhari’s gesture and offer scholarship to more IDP children to help develop their education.

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