49,000 Children Orphaned In Borno By Boko Haram – Osinbajo
Nigerian vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the government is focused on rebuilding the North East, a region that has suffered devastation by terrorist group Boko Haram. He urged Japanese support alongside other local and international contributions in the effort.
According to him, insurgency in the region has given rise to 49,000 orphans in Borno State alone.
“These are young children, some of them saw their parents killed, adding that government will intervene in the lives of the orphans including by building boarding houses and schools and getting widows to take care of the orphans,” a statement by issued by Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande quoted the vice president to have said when he received a delegation from the Japan International Cooperation Agency on Friday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“We’re looking at how we can build schools for these orphans among the Internally Displaced Persons and organize the widows so that they can be able to take care of the children,” Osinbajo said.
He said it was very important to the Buhari presidency that there is improvement in the life of the Nigerian people.
“The critical thing is improving the life of the people generally and we are working as hard as possible to ensure that. It is a lot of work, especially at a time when the economy is not doing as well as it could,” he said.
Osinbajo, therefore lauded the commitment of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for collaborating extensively with the Buhari administration and acknowledged JICA’S support to Nigeria.