Borno State government has established primary schools in Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camps in the state capital, Maiduguri.
This was revealed to journalists on Thursday by the chairman of Borno State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Alhaji Grema Terab.
Terab said the schools were established to keep the children in the camps busy and abreast of their studies pending the time they would be returning to their towns.
He revealed that at present volunteer teachers were brought in to teach at the schools, insisting that displaced teachers from the troubled communities would be brought in to take classes.
“Since the teachers from the troubled communities are still drawing monthly salaries without teaching, arrangement is been made to draft them to the newly established schools at the camps,” Terab said.
He equally disclosed that plans were underway to get secondary schools in the camps so that the students who were forced to flee their towns would not lose educationally.
The SEMA chairman said the books and other instructional materials for the camps were donated by the Universal Basic Education, UBE.
Showing journalists the structures in the camps, which include kitchen, clinic, boreholes, classrooms, latrines and store, he said the comfort of the IDPs was paramount to government.
“The governor has made it top priority to see to it that the internally displaced persons are well fed and taken care of,” he said.
He added that “we have not for a day shied away from our responsibilities to the special class of people; in fact we have daily introduced programmes to make them feel as if they were in their home as you can see with the introduction of schools.
“The state is blessed by Governor Kashim Shettima who has made the welfare of the IDPs the number one priority of his administration since the breakout of the Boko Haram crisis.
“The first lady has also been of immense assistance as she has always had something to give to the IDPs through her pet project, the SWOT foundation.”

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