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North East scholars suffer most from terror spree

18 November 2014, 09:00

Abuja - More than 120 000 students have been affected by the insurgency in the North East, the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Chairman of Steering Committee on Safe School Initiative (SSI), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said.

She said of these, 7 135 were from Adamawa, 113 635 in Borno and 73 894 from Yobe States.

The Minister added that more than 260 schools had been affected including 73 in Adamawa, 171 in Borno and 56 in Yobe states.

Iweala further said that 115 schools were completely destroyed, 101 in Borno while 139 schools are partially destroyed.

She revealed that the Technical Committee on Safe School programme had identified 800 students from each of the states in high risk areas for transfer to 43 Federal Unity Colleges.

Also Read: Borno beefs up security at re-opening schools

According to her, the remaining students in high risk areas would be relocated to secondary schools within the state into safer areas under the leadership of the State Ministry of Education.

She emphasized that with voluntary agreement with the parents and guardians who choose the schools and towns of their choice that they want their wards to be relocated.

The minister implored the principals and counsellors to help the students overcome stress, trauma and facilitate faster integration into the new school environment.  

She urged the school authorities to pay special attention on girl-child students as well as those who may not be able to pick-up with their new mates in academic and cultural levels.

The Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Muhammad Sani-Sidi, in his speech stated that the Safe School Programme was aimed at ensuring school safety and continuation of education which comprises transfer of 800 students each from high risk areas Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States to Federal Unity Colleges across the country.

- CAJ News

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