The Victims Support Fund (VSF) on Tuesday started peace building and reconciliation campaign to promote security in the northeast.

The VSF Coordinator, Prof. Sunday Ochoche, made the disclosure while inaugurating the exercise in Maiduguri.

Ochoche said the project was designed to enhance peace, reconciliation and social cohesion in the society.

He added that the campaign also sought to streamline the implementation of various humanitarian interventions for rapid resettlement of people in affected communities in the war ravaged region.

The coordinator explained that the campaign would be implemented as pilot project in Maiduguri and Askira-Uba local government areas of Borno.

He added that “everything we are doing is heading toward one objective — to have peace in Borno and other states in the region.

“It is also aimed at making people return to their communities and live in peace and harmony.

“We want to ensure reconciliation between different entities that have been hurt, destroyed and affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

“We want people to return to their normal ways of living and smile again, live in confidence and sleep with eyes closed.

“It is a deliberate process of putting together the different interventions to enhance reconciliation, rehabilitation and cohesion.”

Established by Federal Government in 2014 under Presidential Initiative for the Northeast, the VSF is aimed at addressing humanitarian crises caused by the Boko Haram insurgency in the region.

The fund had so far provided education support to 80,000 pupils displaced by Boko Haram insurgency in northeast and reconstructed schools and clinics destroyed by the insurgents.

The VSF rehabilitated schools, clinics and public structures at Dikwa and Bama local government areas of Borno.

It assisted 8,000 women from its economic strengthening programme and supported
over 500 farmers with inputs.



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