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FG Approves N56 Billion for Development of Insurgency-Ravaged Areas





Internally displaced persons

The Federal Government has released N56 billion toward rehabilitating victims and places ravaged by insurgency in the North-Eastern part of the country.

Alhaji Muhammed Sani-Sidi, the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), announced this at the second “Safe School Initiative Leaders’’ meeting in Tehran, Iran.

This is contained in a statement, signed by Ibrahim Farinloye, the Public Information Officer of NEMA, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.

The statement quoted Sani-Sidi as saying that the government had released N53 billion for the Victims Support Fund (VSF) and N3 billion for the Presidential Initiative in the North-East (PINE)

According him, the federal government is committed to safeguarding students, teachers and schools’ infrastructure in the country.

“The federal government has demonstrated this with the release of N3 billion for the Presidential Initiative in the North-East (PINE) and N53 billion for the Victims Support Fund (VSF).

“The funds are meant to address the various emerging issues to mitigate the effects of the fading Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria,’’ the director-general was quoted as saying.

In his presentation at the meeting titled an “Overview of Safe School Initiative (SSI)’’, Sani-Sidi stated that the Safe School Initiative in Nigeria had received $50 million as support from Nigerian government, foreign governments and International Donor Agencies.

He highlighted the major causes of threats to safe schooling and school infrastructure as flood, rain/wind storm and community strifes.

“The catastrophic Boko Haram Insurgency in the North-East has become the single most significant threat to schooling and school infrastructure. NEMA put the figure of displacement of people within Nigeria at two million, while about 57,743 displaced people were temporarily sheltered in Niger Republic, Cameroun and Chad,’’ he said.

Sani-Sidi also revealed that 254 schools were destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgency, while government was making efforts to assist 2069 students affected by the destruction.

He said that the students had been transferred from the high risk areas to 43 Federal Unity Schools (FUCs) in the North-Central, North-West and part of North-East.

The director-general acknowledged the contribution of the German Government, especially on the student transfer component of Safe School Initiative.

He also acknowledged that, “United Nations Children and Education Funds (UNICEF), in collaboration with Federal and State Ministries of Education, are supporting education in IDPs camps through various interventions.

“Such intervention include `School-in-a-bag’, `40 schools in a box’, and distribution of 35, 800 school bags with learning materials. The United States of America’ International Development contributions include enrollment of 54,000 IDPs in Non-Formal Learning Centres and training of 394 teachers to manage the centres,” Sani-Sidi stated.

He pledged the commitment of the federal government toward continued implementation of the “Safe School Initiative’’

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Ndubuisi

    October 13, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    The should use the money to build roads, housing projects including hospitals and school and security around the areas. May God help this people the have suffered enough.

    • Edu

      October 14, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      I just hope this insurgency ends soon because Nigeria cant keep on wasting money like this. A lot of money that could be channelled towards devt is being wasted on this annoying boko haram menace.

  2. nene+

    October 13, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    56 billion??? These people are used to govt money.
    Share them 56 Trillion dollars and don’t educate them, poverty will sooner than later take over.
    What these people need are Sincere Islamic teachers, Yoruba Clerics are great on this and Education not 56 billion naira shared!!
    Only people with clear head can rebuild, if you don’t teach this people to shun violence, they by themselves will blow this monies into rubbles and dusts!!!

    • tom

      October 13, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      dis you not read what the money is meant to be used for

    • charles

      October 13, 2015 at 7:36 pm

      Where in this article, did it say that 56 billion naira will be “shared”-amongst who? In your desperate bid to criticize, you didn’t read the article, to see Exactly what the money will be used for-ironically the money will be used for exactly what you are criticizing them for. Take it easy on your self, my dear.

  3. somtoo

    October 13, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    BN, why havent you published anything on Strive Masiyiwa’s ordeal in Nigeria and the various bribery scandals? Reading it online and its quite shocking.

    Dear Lord, Nigerian politicians are indeed very corrupt. This country can be great but we have greedy thieves sucking us dry.

  4. Isaid!!

    October 13, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    @ nene, true talk. “only people with clear head can rebuild” Whether its north,south ,east or west, giving large sums of money has proven time and time again to be inadequate. when you educate the mind ,people actually think up solutions for themselves and depend less on handouts.

  5. Memx

    October 13, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    And NEMA is the right agency to execute or implement these projects? The FG constantly amuses me with their blind assumptions. With the appointment of the new NSA, first set of achievements was to derail the course of a thriving project in the NSA’s office by sacking the Programme Manager, Dr Akilu, then think you can dish out money to NEMA? I am sorry. Radicalized elements and youths at risk cannot be educated. You need a robust deradicalization program and formal education is just one of the many activities in this program.

  6. nwa nna

    October 13, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    You cannot rebuild until the underlying cause of the insurgency has been completed addressed.. FGN is addressing the symptoms without eradicating the underlying disease..

    • Professor X

      October 13, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      Exactly. How can you rebuild a house that is still on fire? You have to put out the fire first and that a thorough assessment of damages.
      Re-building now is premature. They should focus on stabilizing the camps for internally displaced persons and working towards normalizing social life within the camps such schools for children, field hospitals, program for women, engaging men in work around the camp.

      Rebuilding comes much later.
      Anyway, you know Nigerians like to share money.

  7. Chinedu

    October 13, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    I just hope it will be used properly

  8. hey!

    October 13, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Erm, please can we start a hash tag? Wheere is d billions of naira Gej and his friend raised to support boko haraam members sometime last year Biko? I watched it oo, they had raised about 21 billion before I sadly went to Sleep (ylol, coss I didn’t know so much money was around o, until Tony elumelu donated abt 2billion,dangote 2billionm) although I know most of dem donated dt money cos of GeJ,bt I asked den oooo, who would disburse d money, now Gej is gone, de money done go too abi? Abeg who remember? abeg where is dyt money, Aam vexing.

  9. blizzy

    October 13, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    always bringing Nigeria backward due to their illiteracy (northerners )

  10. esty

    October 15, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Where is this 56 billion coming from?….Thought there is no money in the treasury…Our leaders make una fear God small.

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