By Biola Lawal
Victims Support Fund (VSF) spent N6.7 billion in 2017 on rebuilding infrastructure in areas within the North East of Nigeria, ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency. Part of the fund was additionally used to empower victims of the insurgency.
VSF Executive Director, Prof. Sunday Ochoche informed the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that the majority of the quantity was spent on rebuilding colleges and hospitals that have been destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.
“Twenty 4 main and secondary colleges have been rebuilt by VSF’’ together with some common hospitals and native authorities secretariats which have been razed by the insurgents, Ochoche informed NAN
He mentioned that the rebuilding was achieved by means of direct labour with supplies purchased from markets within the affected areas as a part of VSF methods to reflate the financial system of the states, save price and obtain top quality challenge execution.
“When we reconstruct, we attempt to reconstruct higher constructions and services than these destroyed,’’ the Executive Director mentioned, including that plans have been on to fence the rebuilt colleges to reinforce safety for the pupils and college students.
Ochoche mentioned that about 19,000 ladies in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states have been at present benefitting from the Fund’s financial empowerment programme designed for ladies whose husbands have been killed by Boko Haram, ensuing of their changing into household breadwinners.
“We gave them grants by means of civil society organisations to have interaction in small scale ventures like cap making ,’’ he mentioned, including that the partnering civil organisations helped VSF to watch the ladies and promote the tradition of financial savings amongst them.
Some of the VSF ladies financial cells “now have up to one million naira in their accounts” confirming the rising success of the VSF financial savings tradition promotion initiative , he informed NAN.
Ochoche mentioned that the Fund was additionally serving to to satisfy the medical wants of victims within the few remaining Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps.
He famous that the necessity for substantial well being care assist for victims as skilled within the earlier years of intense insurgents assaults had lowered as a result of successes recorded by the army towards the insurgents.
The VSF Boss recommended the Nigerian army for restoring normalcy in most a part of the north east and for offering safety assist to VSF employees.
Victim Support Fund is a Nigerian Foundation established to cater for victims of Boko Haram insurgency within the north japanese a part of Nigeria. The Fund is being run by 33 personnel headed by Prof. Sunday Ochoche , the Executive Director.
Ochoche has over 30 years’ expertise within the UN system, authorities and academia.
Between 2006 and 2013, he served with the United Nations as Senior Political Affairs Officer within the UN Missions in Sierra Leone and Darfur, Sudan; Senior Policy Advisor with the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) of the UNDP, New York; and Director of Political Affairs on the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), Mogadishu.
The Fund additionally has a nationwide Committee with Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd), a former Minister of Defence, as Chairman and Fola Adeola, a co-founder of GT Bank as Deputy Chairman, together with a number of different Nigerian billionaires and outstanding politicians as members.