By Suzan Edeh
Bauchi — THE Bauchi State Government has designed a quick response mechanism to assist victims of religious, communal and other disasters in the state.
The measure followed the influx of more victims from the crisis prone areas to the state due to insurgency and other disasters.
Stakeholders at a meeting, yesterday, in Bauchi designed a framework on how to effectively manage the programme and resolved to conduct a feasibility study at the places the displaced persons were residing to ascertain the number of the victims for necessary assistance.
Speaking, a representative of the International Resolve Committee, Mrs. Elizabeth Bawu, said the programme would focus attention on rendering support to health, education and social needs of victims.
Mrs Bawu said: “Statistics has shown that more than five million insurgency victims were displaced to Bauchi State and some neighbouring states, hence there is the need to provide support and intervention from government and development partners.
“Apart from rehabilitating the victims, they need to be empowered with skills, in order for them to be financially dependent as they are starting life all over again.”
On the increasing number of school drop-out children due to conflict and natural disasters, Chief of Party, Northern Education Initiative, Mr Ayo Olademi, lamented the attitude of parents who denied their children the right to education and called for attitudinal change in that direction.
According to him,”when you educate a child as a parent, you have empowered an entire community because that child will in turn educate another person.”
He advocated more investment in education, youth development and as well as the implementation of policy programmes of the government.