By: BabaganaBukarWakil Ngala, Maiduguri
The Borno State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo has said that the state rehabilitated 2,000 ex Boko Haram combatants.
She made this known in Maiduguri while briefing newsmen on achievements of the ministry for the past one year. Gambo said that many of the ex-combatants, who were trained on various skills, were discovered to be innocent civilians picked up during mass arrests by security agencies and urges members of the public to have better understanding of the program and policy.
The waging of war against insurgents has been on the front burner of this administration. Therefore de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and reunification of former insurgents have received great attention through the provision of adequate food, shelter and psychosocial support to former members of the dreaded sect at the Bulumkutu Rehabilitation Centre.
Gambosaid during the year under review, a total of 2,000 ex-combatants have been rehabilitated and reunited with their families to practice skills learnt over the years and live as responsible citizens.
The commissioner also said that her ministry had conducted 16 days advocacy against gender based violence, adding that a 24 capacity rape survivor’s shelter was also provided where survivors were provided shelter and psychosocial support, among others.
The state government through the wife of the governor and the ministry, provided sewing machines, generators, cap making production materials to 300 internally displaced gender based violence survivors from 10 different camps to support them practice the skills acquired and become economically independent.
She said they also secured conviction of three rapists within the period under review. On welfare of orphans, Gambo said that apart from construction of two additional hostels, 200 orphans who lost their parents to the insurgency were taken to school in Kano with the support of Kano state Government.
The plight of the vulnerable in the society is the greatest concern of government under the able leadership of the Prof. BabaganaZulum,
The commissioner said, hence he quickly identified, renovated, remodeled and furnished the family support nursery and primary school which provides education to children who lost their parents due to insurgency, children of people living with disabilities and those from IDP camps and children of indigent parents.