Over 6,000 orphaned youths from eight local government areas of Borno State have received starter packs after completing skills and vocational training in various trades as 650 permanent houses have been constructed and handed over to Internally Displace Persons.
This, according to the Coordinator, Monitoring and Evaluation, Mercy Corps, a non-governmental organisation, Peter Martin, is in line with the post-insurgency recovery project of the Borno State Government.
While addressing stakeholders in Maiduguri on Thursday, Martin said more households and returning communities would soon benefit from the NGO’s projects, which are being monitored directly by the state Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement.
He stated, “We as an organisation have partnered the state government in the rehabilitation and resettlement of indigenes back to their ancestral homes as part of our contribution to the state government’s resolve to return all internally displaced persons by the end of the year 2021.
“We have constructed 650 houses in eight selected local government areas of the state and donated them to displaced persons from those LGAs.
“We have also trained and empowered 6,426 orphaned youths in tailoring, welding, shoemaking and other vocations. These orphans were carefully selected across camps in the state.”
A humanitarian worker with Mercy Corps, Babakura Tijjani, recounted that insecurity remained a challenge to accessing some of the communities and villages due to the presence of Boko Haram terrorists, who still hold away in those places, but was optimistic that the affected communities would be a priority once the security challenge was addressed.