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30 IDPs secure admission to tertiary institutions in Benue

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File: SOME OF THE INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS (IDPs) WHO RETURNED TO THEIR HABITUAL RESIDENCE FOLLOWING THE RETAKE OF THE COMMUNITY FROM TERRORISTS BY TROOPS OF THE NIGERIAN MILITARY IN GWOZA,

The Coordinator, Uhogua Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Benin, Solomon Folorunsho, has revealed that 30 of the IDPs have been enrolled into different tertiary institutions in the last three years.

Folorunsho made this known in an interview with NAN on Wednesday in Benin.

He said the feat was made possible due to the constant Support of the Federal and State Governments, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) as well as the National Logistics Committee (NLC).

Folorunsho also thanked Muhammadu Buhari,the President of Nigeria for his kind gesture toward the IDPs in Benin and the North East.

“You can imagine the distance between Abuja and Benin, yet Mr President is thinking about this place by sending food and other relief materials. It shows that the President is a wonderful man that loves Nigeria.

“The greatest part of achievement that has taken place in the life of these children is in theireducation.

“In the last three years, we have about 30 of them that are now in different universities,polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

“In 2017, two of the children got admission to the University of Benin and one of them is in Edo State University. The State University is a new University Commissioned by the former Governor of Edo Statee Adams Oshiomhole.

“In the last JAMB that was conducted, we enrolled 63 of them, 59 among them scored between 297, 270 and 200 and the remaining four scored between 190 and 180.

“This year, we are going to have about 50 of them (IDPs) gaining admission into tertiaryinstitutions.

“It shows that there is a great empowerment in their academic life and otherwise,’’ Folorunsho said.

On skills acquisition for the adults in the camp, Folorunsho said they had started learning how to sew, bake and make liquid soap.

He said the camp had few sewing machines donated by some persons.

“We want to use this medium to appeal to Nigerians to help in this aspect because one good thing about these people (IDPs) is that they are always willing to learn.

“They are always ready to work, they are not lazy. All they need is support and I know if they get that assistance, they will embrace it,’’ he added.