VSF lauds Borno over Boko Haram surrender

VSF lauds Borno over Boko Haram surrender

The Victims Support Fund (VSF) has commended the Borno State Government for the ongoing surrender by the Boko Haram insurgents and promised to render assistance in area of social cohesion.

 

The Executive Director of VSF, Prof. Nana Tanko, gave the commendation

who spoke to newsmen on the development on Friday in Maiduguri.

 

He said that VSF had, over the years, been working to ensure social cohesion in those communities hitherto displaced by the insurgency and would do same in the resettlement of victims identified among the surrendered insurgents.

 

Tanko said: “We want to commend the government of Borno over the recent surrender.

 

“We are standing by to see how through our social cohesion project can help communities handle some of the returnee victims.

 

“I call them victims because some of them taken to the other side are real victims.”

 

Tanko noted that one of the rehabilitation centres, being used to house some of repentant Boko Haram members, was reconstructed with support from VSF.

 

She explained that at the community level, the VSF had trained people known as “Network of Peace Builders” to foster dialogue among communities, as the state government began the resettlement of displaced persons back to their recovered ancestral land.

 

Tanko, who was in Maiduguri to present starter-packs to 52 trained out-of-school youths — dependants of the 100 District Heads of Borno Emirate killed by insurgents — said the gesture was to empower them economically and support them in setting up income-generating activities.

 

The beneficiaries were trained in carpentry, masonry, tailoring and shoemaking.

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