Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum on Thursday, September 18, bemoaned the recruitment drive of Boko Haram insurgents who target children.
He said the ugly new trend is a direct fallout of unemployment and the continued stay of able-bodied people in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.
Zulum made this disclosure while receiving a committee of members of the House Of Representatives at his office in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
“The only solution we have now is to ensure the safe return of our people to their homes in a dignified manner. If nothing is done believe me sincerely we shall face a very serious challenge even more than what we are facing now.
“This is because right now the insurgents are recruiting many of our children into the sect because of the increasing unemployment rate,” he said.
He disclosed that there are more than 700,000 Internally Displaced Persons in Monguno; and another 400,000 in Gamboru Ngala without access to their farmlands.
Zulum, therefore, suggested that the solution to this problem was to shift from short term Humanitarian support to longer-term development; and sustainable solution with the safe return of internally displaced persons to their communities.
Meanwhile, the Federal Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, on Friday, September 18; stated that the COVID-19 vaccines would be available for use by 2021.
Ehanire made this assertion while speaking during the briefing of Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
He said, “Vaccines will not be available until next year at best. No reliable therapeutics has been confirmed; but our country must restart businesses; including travel to allow citizens to earn their livelihood.
“Compliance with all the recommended measures like wearing your masks; social distancing; avoiding gatherings etc will go a long way to help.”
Ehanire also urged JOHESU to shelve their scheduled strike.
“I also use this opportunity to renew my calls to members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to put the plight; safety and well-being of their patients into consideration; and to call off the ongoing strike while the differences are being addressed by negotiations.
“It is important to remind ourselves that COVID-19 is real; and spreading gradually in some parts of the world as we speak.
“It is risky to believe that it is going away even though it looks as if the figures are reducing here. Some countries are experiencing the so-called second waves; with all the complications that go along with this easily spreading disease.”