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CITAD, NERI Partner Against Insurgency in North-East

By Musa M. Buba Damaturu.
A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) and North-east Regional Initiatives (NERI) at the weekend organised an intertertiary institutions’ debate on insurgency in Damaturu to counter terrorism in the Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

CTAD’s Senior Programme Officer, Isa Garba, in his remarks, said “the activities of the insurgents have caused many to loss their lives, properties worth millions of naira destroyed, yet youths are at the forefront of the terrorism which calls for concern.” Also speaking at the occasion, the CITAD Board of Trustee and Dean, Faculty of Arts and Education, Bauchi State University, Dr Asabe Sadi Mohammed, said: “The aims and objectives of the debate is to proffer solutions to the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents.
“Most of the members of the Boko Haram sect are youths. We want to use the youths especially in the tertiary institutions to spray the message that the activities of the insurgents are negative to our religions, economy and our society.” Blueprint reports that the topics for debate were “how can youths contribute to ending insurgency in the North-east and how students of tertiary institutions can contribute in addressing the problems of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
Our correspondent further reports that three participants each were selected from Federal University, Gashua, Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu, and the host Yobe State University. At the end of the debate, Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu, emerged winners in and went away with a Desktop Computer and four cell phones, while Federal University, Gashua, and Yobe State University came second and third, respectively

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