Kano to admit additional 100 insurgency orphans

Acheme Jack, Kano

A child at an IDP camp in the north east. Picture by Chika Eze

Kano state government, north western Nigeria, has said that it would admit additional 100 insurgency orphans from Borno state, into its internally displaced persons’ boarding primary school.

The school was established in April 2014 by the state government, with an initial intake of about 100 internally displaced orphans.

During an inspection of the school’s facilities, the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, said that “the state government would sponsor the education of the orphans up to the university level.”

The Nigerian Vice President Professor, Yemi Osinbajo, who also visited the school last year, gave support to the initiative by the Kano state government and described it as a good foundation for a better tomorrow of the orphaned children, who future leaders.

The governor also received food items and learning materials donated to the school by the Kano State Automobile Dealers Association.

Dr. Ganduje expressed satisfaction with the condition of the orphans, thanking organizations and well-meaning individuals for supporting the government in taking care of the children, noting that “without good care, the children would have strayed and constituted a social burden.”

The governor thanked the Automobile Dealers Association for their compassion, appealing to others to emulate the gesture. He promised that the donation would be properly utilized.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the association, Amb. Mukhtar Gashash, said they decided “to offer the donation to the pupils in order to complement the efforts of the state government, “ adding that they also made similar gestures to many less privileged people as part of their social responsibility to the community.

Earlier, the state Commissioner of Women Affairs, Zubaida Damakka Abubakar, said the orphans were very proud of the state government which had taken care of their basic needs and commended the headmaster and the staff of the school for their commitment.