Edo State Governor’s Wife, Mrs. Iara Oshiomhole has said the State government will continue to support victims of insurgents in the north-east camped in Edo State.
Mrs. Oshiomhole made this known when she flagged-off the Educational Support Project at the Uhogua IDP Camp, Benin City, Edo State.
The event which had has its theme: Facilitating Learning and Access to Education for School Aged Children affected by the Insurgency” was an initiative of The Nigeria Foundation for the Support of Victims of Terrorism (Victims Support Fund).
According to a statement by the office of the Executive Director, Media and Public Affairs, Governor’s office, Mrs. Oshiomhole said Governor Adams Oshiomhole has adopted the children as his, hence the constant support to the Camp.
She said despite the economic challenges being faced daily by state governments, Edo state government has been able to uphold her commitment at providing assistance to the IDPs.
Thanking the Fund for intervention, Mrs. Oshiomhole urged residents in the state to see support for the IDPs as a duty.
The project designed to secure the educational future of children at the IDP Camps across the country will provide educational materials to the 10,000 children at the Borno IDP Camp, 7,000 children at the Adamawa IDP Camp, while 1, 291 children will benefit at the Edo IDP Camp.
Chairman of the Fund, Retired General T. Y. Danjuma, represented by Elder Sunday Oibe, said the Fund will continue to do all within her powers to bring comfort to the IDP.
He said “aside the educational materials; the Fund had also made provisions of N17, 000 monthly stipends each for teachers on a voluntary service, N5, 000 each for the volunteered cleaners and sewing machines for women at the camp.”
General Danjuma extolling the virtues of Mrs. Iara Oshiomhole for her support to the IDPs, called on all political leaders in the country to as a matter of urgency support the current fight by President Mohammedu Buhari aimed at bringing activities of the insurgents to an end.
Earlier, in an address of welcome, the Executive Director of the Fund, Professor Sunday Ocheche said the major mandate of the Fund includes amongst others, “educational support, economic empowerment for women, psycho-social support to women and children in addition to working to restore livelihood for reconciliation and peace building” noted that such could not be achieved without the collaboration of stakeholders
Professor Ocheche said the Fund was proud of the achievements recorded at the Edo Camp and thanked the Edo State government for the support rendered to the camp.
The Coordinator of the Camp, Pastor Solomon Folorunsho while thanking the Fund for the support listed challenges being faced by the camp to include, feeding, education materials among others.
In their goodwill messages, Commissioner for education, Geideon Obakha, Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Jemitola Anene, and CAN Chairman Edo State branch, Bishop Peter Imasuen thanked the Fund for the items and urged the centre to put them into good use.
Highpoint of the event was a song performance in Hausa language by the children.