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Helping IDPs children acquire education part of Army’s mandate – Commander

From: BillyGraham Abel, Yola

Brigade Commander, 23 Armoured Brigade, Yola, Adamawa State, Brig.- Gen. Bello Mohammed has said that helping children in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across the country to gain acquire education was an important part of the Nigerian Army’s victory against the Boko Haram insurgency in the north eastern.

Gen. Mohammed said that with sound education, youths in the region would not be easy prey for terrorists to recruit into their fold, as they would become productive members of the society in the end.

He said the military was mindful that education adds value to the life of anyone and makes it difficult for young people to be recruited into terrorist activities.

Gen. Mohammed made the remarks, on Friday, in an exclusive chat with Daily Sun at the Brigade headquarters in Yola.

Mohammed noted that the Nigerian Army’s Quick Impact Project initiated by the Chief of Army Staff in assisting schools based in IDPs camp with military teaching staff was created to prepare and impact positively on victims of Boko Haram insurgency towards reintegrating them into the society.

He said, “The Nigerian Army is a professionally trained body with the capacity to help the civilian population resettle and live a positive life after the shock of displacement by the activity of boko haram insurgency in the north east.”

The General called on the public to “Appreciate the effort and the success made by the military in degrading the activity of insurgency in the north east.”

General Muhammed explained that, “The Nigerian Army under the leadership of General Tukur Buratai, has made it one of its operational objectives to help children living in IDPs camps acquire quality education through its education corps providing teaching staff in order to ensure that children living in IDPs camp are not cut- off from the progress in the society by missing school.

“The Nigeria Army has 22 teaching staff who have been working with the students and have helped some of them successfully passed common entrance examination and gained admission into secondary schools.”

He said that the next phase in the Nigeria’s army agenda is in helping IDPs acquire employable skills that will help them become productive members of the society when the IDPs camp are eventually closed.

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