North-east Insurgency: Kano Enrols Affected Children In Special Schools

special education programmeAbout 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.

Kwankwaso Visits Tinubu, Lashes Out At Ekiti Governor

Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso

The Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, on Sunday, led the Hausa community in Lagos, in a visit to the National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.

Although the visit was for the group to plan for the forthcoming election, the Kano State Governor used the occasion to react to what he calls the seeming disrespect for elders by his colleague governor in one of the South West states.

“I have this belief that in this part of the country are people who are positively cultured. This part of Nigeria we have very respectful people, ranging from Awolowo, Shonekam, Obasanjo, MKO Abiola, Asiwaju and so on and so forth.

“But anytime I listen to this young man in Ekiti State, I feel terribly embarrassed as a governor and I feel bad for Yoruba people.

“This young man, I don’t know what went wrong, I used to know him, although I was not very close to him. Of course when I was a governor, he was not a governor, he was governor after I left Government House in 2003.

“These days if I look at him, I think many things are wrong with his words and even his mouth. You tell him that he should learn how to respect elders.

“Even those of us who are governors with him are his seniors and in this business of politics, like all other businesses, I think seniority should be respected,” he said.

Former Lagos State Governor and APC leader, Bola Tinubu, in his speech, lauded Governor Kwankwaso for his respect and commitment to change.

He encouraged citizens to vote for change. “You know what PVC means, ‘Please Vote Change’, go and collect your PVC,” he said.

He expressed confidence that the All Progressives Congress would emerge victorious in the forthcoming elections.