Insurgency: Group Setup Trust Fund for Families of Affected Personnel
By Our Correspondent
A group under the aegis of Nigeria Children’s Government (NCG), has said it will set up a trust fund for orphans and widows of the Nigeria Armed Forces, Nigeria Police and Paramilitary agencies affected by insurgency.
Coordinator of the group, Mr. Charles Ikpeme, disclosed this during a courtesy visit with the Children’s Government to the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ), Kaduna state Council on Wednesday.
Ikpeme also disclosed that NCG which constitute the executive arm of government of children between the ages of 7 and 14 years, is an Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), with all security agencies as stakeholders.
Ikpeme stated further that NCG consists of a child president, a child vice president, 36 states children governors, children ministers, children heads of the military, police and paramilitary in full uniforms and privileges.
“We have children here pulled from the 36 states of the Federation for primarily on leadership development from the cradle so as to expose them to what leadership is as children so that by the time they grow up they will become good leaders even better than we are.
“The Children of Nigeria this time have decided to stand by the internally displaced children and have worked out projects to stand with the military and all security agencies particularly their orphans, widows and the wounded members of many security agencies who are victims of insurgency.
“The children are proposing to set up a trust fund for them so that their orphans will go to school, widows can be empowered, the wounded who are in the 44 Army Reference Hospital can be exposed to the best medical facilities in the world.
“The children also proposed to build an International Children Leadership Training Institute in Kaduna; to collaberate with the Chief of Army Staff Nigeria Resource Centre to build an Insurgency Museum that will capture the history of what took place particularly in the North-East Nigeria,” he said.
The Child president, Hajiya Hauwa Musa, said her government is set to address all the challenges facing the country and proffer solutions that will ensure total rehabilitation of internally displaced children.
She added that the children have selected the NUJ Kaduna Council as its Project Partner, while the foundation laying ceremony will take place on 4th November 2017, and on that day Veteran Journalists, heads of the military and all peace stakeholders will be honoured.
The Children Government also announced the appointment of the State Council Chairman, Comrade Adamu Yusuf as Children Peace Ambassador.
In his remarks, Chairman of the Council, Comrade Yusuf, thanked the Children’s Government for the honour bestowed on him.
He assured them of the Council’s readiness to work with the organisation, to ensure the development of the Nigerian children, noting, that the thought of establishing the first institute for children in the country in Kaduna state deserves to be applauded.