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Monday, 31 October 2016

Shettima alleges some Governors of states not much affected by Boko Haram insurgency are lying to get donations from international agencies

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has said some of his colleagues in the North-east were making false claims about the situation of internally displaced persons and destruction wrecked by Boko Haram insurgents in their states.
"When it comes to goodies, you will be seeing states that suffer the least, exaggerating the sufferings inflicted on their society by Boko Haram as if such a thing is a badge of honor."
Speaking on Friday, October 28th in Government House, Maiduguri when he hosted a delegation of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), led by its deputy regional director for West and East Africa, Beatrice Mutali, Shettima said the governors were exaggerating the impact of the insurgency in their domains to rake in donations from philanthropists and international donor agencies.
The governor said his state was the epicenter of the insurgency and suffered over 80 percent of the destruction by Boko Haram, adding that he was worried that some sister states not much touched by the insurgency were allegedly lying to draw donors’ attention.

Mr. Shettima’s allegation came in the wake of the passage of a bill by the National Assembly for the establishment of the Northeast Development Commission (NDC).
The commission is expected to coordinate the rehabilitation of communities in the region devastated by the insurgency and provision of support for the victims.
Deliberation of the bill at the National Assembly featured a heated debate and other intrigues over the location of the headquarters of the proposed commission, before Maiduguri, the Borno State capital was eventually agreed on.

Ahead of the takeoff of the commission, interest groups in the region have also started jostling for positions on its board with a view to potentially influencing its activities in the areas of determination of projects and disbursement of funds.
Expressing his gratitude to the UN system for its interventions, Mr. Shettima said the state had not been getting its fair share of the supports coming from the international donor agencies because of bogus claims he said were being made by other states.
"We truly appreciate your efforts. But we really need you to step up your activities in the state because Borno, most sadly, is the nerve center of Boko Haram; but when it comes to goodies, you will be seeing states that suffer the least, exaggerating the sufferings inflicted on their society by Boko Haram as if such a thing is a badge of honor.
"To me, I am not proud to say Borno state is the nerve center of Boko Haram. But states where, one, two or three local government are occupied by Boko Haram will exaggerate it and say up to ten of their local government areas had been occupied by Boko Haram; or you hear them saying 15 local government areas were conquered by Boko Haram in Adamawa state, or in Yobe state or in Taraba state
"People are even exaggerating the numbers of IDPs they have. And mind you, if you go to Adamawa, the IDPs are from Borno state; just like if you go to Cameroon, the Nigerian refugees there, 95 percent of the IDPs are from Borno state; so also in Niger Republic. But it is not for me to say they should be denied any support.
"However any support you give us, you are just here to complement our efforts. We in Borno are very proud and self-contented people. We will never beg any organisation or group for support; rather we will implore on them on a pedestal of equality to assist our people in these our hours of need"
The governor lamented the toll of the insurgency on children and women, who constitute the most vulnerable groups in society.
"Women and children bore the brunt of this madness called Boko Haram; women are the victims of gender-based violence, and they really need psycho-social support to overcome their trauma", said Governor Shettima.
"Just a couple of weeks ago, the Nigerian military handed over to us over 500 kids and brutalized women; they were wives and kids of Boko Haram combatants. But my personal take on it is that these women and children were as much victims of Boko Haram as any other people in our community because most of them were married off to the Boko Haram members not in their own volition.
"They were literally kidnapped and held as sex slaves of Boko Haram. And the kids are utterly blameless; you cannot ostracize those kids; you cannot maltreat or profile them as Boko Haram kids so they should not have access to education and so on. After the de-radicalization programme, we are poised to see that they are reintegrated into the society, they are sufficiently empowered, and we will provide equal opportunity for the kids", the governor said.
The UNFPA team visited Mr. Shettima to present a review of the organization’s operations and interventions in the state.
"We are going to scale up our efforts in the psycho-social supports, gender based violence and humanitarian services", the leader of the delegation, Ms. Mutali said.
The UNFPA said it trained 170 health workers, 55 doctors and midwives on maternal and child healthcare in the past few months. It has also distributed 129 reproductive health kits, comprising 1,413 cartons of assorted family planning commodities, and given priority to health facilities in the state.

The UNFPA said it has also provided 32,600 dignity kits to rural women, especially young girls to restore their dignity. It said a total of 7,297 victims of Boko Haram were given psycho-social counseling as well as skills acquisition and empowerment.

24 comments:

Liuz Babz said...

Reaping from othes' pains...if its true then its very shameful

BONARIO NNAGS said...

I saw that coming and that would be very pathetic of any of them.
Knew some people were going to cash in on the plight of the IDPs to enrich themselves.



. ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

Ilutanmi olumuyiwa said...

When you read stories like this, you actually wonder what our Government take us for; with the proclamation of change. Youmbegin to think whether ourndearbnation can be salvaged from her rot.

livingstone chibuike said...

See who is talking. Terrorist lik u

Ilutanmi olumuyiwa said...

Wonder if the country can be cleansed from her rot

Anonymous said...

Thats the muslim way

Anonymous said...

Shameless muslims. That's how they struggle for things that shouldn't be theirs, like almost the oil wells in the south.
Tomorrow they'll say they're good and righteous people
The northerners need Jesus and Education
And they need to learn that eating off someone's sweat will only destroy you in the end

Anonymous said...

Shameless muslims. That's how they struggle for things that shouldn't be theirs, like almost the oil wells in the south.
Tomorrow they'll say they're good and righteous people
The northerners need Jesus and Education
And they need to learn that eating off someone's sweat will only destroy you in the end

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Na wa o


...merited happiness

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Too bad

Juliet Iwuno said...

What a shame! Linda take note!

Uju Phil said...

Oh really... Who believes that?

Uju Phil said...

Oh really... Who believes that?

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Joyous babe,Linda ikeji first cousin said...

The level of corruption in d northan part of this country is just too much.

Chizzy Liz said...

*************************ife unu bu ndi Aboki ji ego eme ka mu amaro sef...... Wetin una sabi for dix una lives aside iku isi na ana and drinking Nunu

unekwuvictoria onoja said...

Na them sabi after all shetim or whatever you call your self you are not better than them,birds of the same feather ,you guys should allow us to hear word already cos is not only northeners tthat is in this country.north being the genesis of Nigeria problem since her creation and yes am from the north but don't support evil

Vivian Reginalds said...

azn
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Iphie Abraham said...

This is so true. I hope they really look into it









Lib addict#just passing#

JEMBETE(KEY-POINT) said...

WISH STATE BE DAT??
I KNO SAY NA BAUCHI, GOMBE, JOS, NASARAWA, TARABA, KADUNA, HIM DE REFER TO BUT UNFORTUNATELY, SHETIMA GO SOON DIE!!!! DIE!! DIE!!

OSINANL said...

mtchewwwwwwwwwwwww

Paul Ocheke said...

When, then... Double your hustle

Anonymous said...

I really don't like this man

Loveth Best said...

No be only you

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