Gov. Zulum enrolls 4,229 IDP orphans, others in mass school admissions

Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has enrolled 4,229 school-aged children, orphans whose parents were killed during the Boko Haram insurgency in parts of Northern Borno.

The exercise which led to the enrollment of 4,229 on Sunday, the first day, is targeting 7,000 children by the end of today, Monday, under the first phase.

The children, aged between 6 and 13 years were enrolled into primary and junior secondary schools, depending on their academic statuses before they were displaced by insurgents from communities in Monguno, Kukawa, Guzamala and Marte Local Government Areas, all in northern Borno.

After numerous attacks on communities in the aforementioned LGAs since 2014, residents including thousands of children escaped to Monguno town to live in IDP camps for years, with many children missing school as a result.

“Today we are here in Monguno for only one purpose, to enroll your wards to schools”, Zulum told guardians and parents of wards and children enrolled.

The governor applauded parents and guardians for the large turnout to present their children and wards for the mass enrollment.

Sunday’s enrollment was the third mass admission of displaced children in Monguno town by the Zulum administration.

Amid leading enrollment of children into basic schools, Governor Zulum took time to visit and assess ongoing construction and renovation works at a site he had approved for the Federal Polytechnic in Monguno.

Zulum inspected lecture halls, offices for principal officers and staff quarters.

The Governor directed the construction of additional hostel, staff quarters and admin block at the Federal Polytechnic.

Zulum had previously approved and released N100m to enable the school to take-off soon after it was approved by President Buhari in January, 2021.