By Muhammad Lawal, Birnin Kebbi.
Hajiya Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim, Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), says the commission has initiated projects to enhance learning in IDPs camps across the country.
She said that its “Project Educate All” initiative was initiated to provide access to education to displaced persons nationwide.
Suleiman-Ibrahim, who said this while interacting with newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Sunday, stressed that the initiative included the provision of libraries in primary schools.
The commissioner, who inaugurated one of such libraries at Eastern Bypass Primary School, behind Oando Filling Station in Birnin Kebbi, said that the intervention was for IDPs, migrants, refugees, returnees and people at risk of becoming stateless.
The commission also distributed food and non-food items to 500 households, mostly IDPs, in the area.
Suleiman-Ibrahim said: “This library is part of Project Educate All. Our mandate in the agency is the provision of durable solutions for all persons of concern, whenever disaster affects education.
“So, Project Educate All is tailored to improve access to learning, especially for people that are experiencing all sorts of displacements.
“It is working in terms of strengthening schools in communities where IDPs are, offering scholarship, tuition fees, payment of NECO and WAEC fees, and construction of libraries.”
The commissioner said that the library was the starting point of learning, as it helped students to discover themselves and actualise their dreams.
“This is the third library; we are still in piloting phase, we intend to work with other state governments to ensure that we replicate this across board.
“We are very ambitious, we will build many libraries as much as we can across the nation,” Suleiman-Ibrahim added.
Earlier, Alhaji Umar Hassan, Executive Secretary, Kebbi State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), appreciated the commission for providing the library and pledged to stock it with books and other resources.