By Ibrahim Umar and Kaigama Mustapha
Kanempress Digital Hub held another two-day capacity-building training for non-governmental organizations with the theme ‘Focusing on sub-national issues in education, health, and wash challenges within IDP camps and host communities of Yobe and Borno states.’
The training which was conducted on 21 and 22 November 2022 was aimed at improving the living conditions of vulnerable women, youth, and children, promoting welfare activities to alleviate human suffering, and overall amelioration of society especially for the poor, helpless, and the weak.
The event promoted the current WASH services provided to IDPs, identifying the needs and gaps in water, sanitation, and hygiene services with priorities to those living in camps or villages camps and orienting their strategy response through evidence-based decision-making.
The President/Founder of Kanempress, Zannah Ibrahim Mustapha said since the Inception of the organization it has conducted four different workshops training in the North Eastern part of Borno and Yobe States respectively.
All the pieces of training were aimed at exploiting issues hindering their returnee communities which include healthcare services and Education as well as wash Challenges.
Mustapha, while encouraging youths, to ensure synergy in displaying their talents assured to establish the Kanem press office with a view to training a multitude of young, talented individual journalists to report challenges in their immediate environments.
A resource person and senior lecturer, at the Department of the Education University of Maiduguri Dr. Baba Kura Mamman Gadai enjoined participants to report challenges pertaining to accessibility and enrollment of children in Education within the lake Chad region.
Another resource person Dr. Grema Kyari presented a paper on retention in the Education sector and the challenges of retention towards sustainability.
Equally, Dr. Gare Alhaji who presented a paper on WASH challenges said, it is the responsibility of all and sundry to ensure the provision of potable water and sanitation as well as the challenges involved.
Aisha Isa Othman, from Borno State, a primary health care development agency, gave an overview of the Lakechad Region, pre-insurgency, and the challenges of the post-insurgency on the health needs of vulnerable population and the way forward.
Dr. Yahaya Tijani, Department of Biochemistry/HR manager at Swift Relief Foundation focuses, on common health problems among the IDPs are mainly due to diminished proper structured health system, portable drinking water, relevant information transmission using proper communication channels, organized shelter, and implementation of organizational and government policies with regards to protection.
Also, Special Assistant to Borno State Governor and PA to Her Excellency Borno State first lady, in her paper dwelled thoroughly on the importance of portable water to human life. She commended the effort of Borno State and international donors.
And some of the participants said they learned how to report issues in their immediate environments stressing that they would always ensure to focus on the positive sides to understand real challenges, causes, and effects of problems of the people.
On behalf of the participants, Director Information Borno State House of Assembly Aji Modu thanked the Kanem press Digital hub and partners for the opportunity and knowledge gained as well as assured to use them for the betterment of themselves and society.