By Musdafa Ilo, Maiduguri
The vice chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Professor Ibrahim Njordi, has called on the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to come to the aid of indigent students in the school, particularly the ones affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.
Njordi made the call when the Director-General of NEMA, Sani Sidi, visited the school.
“Seventy per cent of my students came from the North-east, which is being faced with Boko Haram insurgency. These are most displaced persons hence the need for your agency to assist the indigent and displaced student,” Njordi said
He called on the emergency agency to emulate a foundation, Abdul Kabi Foundation, which gave each of 100 students scholarship to the tune oforth N100, 000 and assured Sidi that the school would continue to work with NEMA, especially through the Disaster and Risk Management Centre, a joint effort between the school and the agency. The Centre has graduated 250 post-graduate students since inception, the vice chancellor said.
Sidi, who said Borno State accounts for over 70 per cent of the more than 1.5 million displaced persons, assured that NEMA will partner with the university, especially with regards to efforts to rehabilitate communities destroyed by the insurgency.
“I am in Maiduguri to see how fast we will relocate the IDPs back to their communities. We will continue to partner with the university through the disaster and risks management centre established in collaboration with NEMA.”