The North East Development Commission has commenced distribution of foodstuff and non-food items to 144 widows of teachers killed by insurgents in Borno.
Presenting the materials in Maiduguri on Friday, the Borno Coordinator of NEDC, Hajiya Amina Maibe, said the gesture was part of the commission’s mandate to support vulnerable people in insurgency affected areas.
Maibe said the plight of the widows and orphans was brought to NEDC’s attention by the state branch of the Nigeria Union of Teachers and the Network of Civil Society Organisations in Borno.
The coordinator said 546 widows were listed to benefit from the gesture. She also announced plans to empower the widows with skills acquisition training, while the orphans will be supported with scholarships.