UNICEF, SEMA, to Erect Tent Classes For IDPs Children in Yobe

The Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in partnership with UNICEF will set up tent classes for children in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) camp.

The SEMA Director of Planning, Relief and
Disaster General, Alhaji Bulau Geidam,
made the disclosure in an interview with
the NAN in Damaturu on Sunday.

Geidam, who is also the Administrator of
IDPs camp, said that the measure was part
of effort of the state government to ensure
that children in the camp acquire basic
education.

He said the agency was targeting to enrol
2,600 children in the IDPs camp for the
programme, adding that more facilities
would be created to accommodate
additional children.

Already, some non-governmental
organisations have provided playing
facilities for the children in the camp, which
has help to keep them busy.

As part of its responsibility, the State
Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) has
also provided instruction materials for the
children in order to facilitate their learning,’’
Geidam said.

Geidam also said all children in the camp
had been immunised against polio, measles
and other diseases during the just
concluded African Vaccination Week.

The director said that the Yobe Agency for
Mass Literacy had commerce skills
acquisition training workshop for women in
the camp in order to empower them to be
self-reliant.

According to him, the agency in
collaboration with the Ministry of Women
Affairs is targeting to train 1000 women on
sowing and weaving to enable them cater
for themselves.

Some women lost their husband during
the Boko Haram attacked which rendered
them homeless that is why we want to
empower them so that they can take care of
their children.’’

Also, Mrs Habiba Makinta, one of the IDPs
from Ambiyan Tasha community in Gujba
Local Government, expressed appreciation
to the state government for providing them
with accommodation, foods and shelter.
“We have been in this camp for the pass
40 days, government is providing three
square meal for us on daily basis, taken care
of our children, health and providing
security for us,’’ Makinta told NAN.

Makinta, however, appealed to Gov. Ibrahim
Gaidam to help them secure
accommodation to enable them resume
normal life, instead of staying in IDPs camp.
“Raining season and fasting period is fast
approaching and living condition at the
camp may not be comfortable for us during
these period that is why we needs decent
accommodation.’’

NAN reports that there were over 3,291
people from seven communities in Gujba
Local Government living inside Pampamari
IDPs camp in Damaturu.

NAN observed that there was one mobile
clinic, one standby ambulance and water
tank as well as 13 toilet facilities inside the
camp, while six toilet facilities were under
construction. (NAN)


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