About 100 children from Borno State, whose parents were either killed or displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in the north-east have been enrolled into the Kano State Special Education Programme.
Under the programme, Kano State will take care of their education from primary to tertiary level.
During a special guidance and counselling held for the children at the state government house, Governor Rabiu Kwankwanso urged wealthy individuals in the state to help cater for the needs of the kids.
For over eight years, the Boko Haram terrorists have killed thousands of people in the north-east region of Africa’s most populous nation and some other states in northern Nigeria. The attacks have left thousands of children displaced and their parents are no where to be found.
Authorities do not even know their names, hence, one of them was named after the Kano State governor, Musa Kwankwanso.
According to governor Kwankwanso, the children are the responsibility of any responsible democratic government.
It is expected that the Kano government under the Special Education Programme, will feed, cloth and shelter the kids. It will also cater for their health care needs.
However, if the parents or kinsmen of the children are found and fit to take full responsibility of their children, they would be allowed to leave. But the governor stressed that the decision would be that of the child to make.
Meanwhile, Governor Kwankwanso said the government would soon resume the search for other children whose parents were either killed or displaced, to add to the school which was not named for security reasons.
The EU had earlier on Friday announced a grant of $325 million, to support children who have been affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno State.