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FG Assures Rescued Federal University Gusau Students Of FG’s Immediate Humanitarian Assistance

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Dr Betta Edu in an embrace with one of the rescued students.

The Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu has assured the rescued students of the Federal University of Gusau of improved security and immediate humanitarian response to support their recovery process.

In an emotion laden ceremony, the Minister almost in tears, hugged some of the students one after the other as she met with them on Thursday at the University.

A press release by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Minister, Rasheed Olanrewaju Zubair said the dare-devil bandits had recently struck at the University and kidnapped 25 female students in their hostels but 16 of them have however been rescued by security forces.

Speaking when she took the message of Renewed Hope to the management and students of the University, in company of the Zamfara State Governor, Dauda Lawal, the Minister, said President Ahmed Bola Tinubu was concerned by the unfortunate incident and would ensure the safe return of the remaining students.

Edu who personally interacted with some of the rescued students one  after the other, said both Federal and State governments are working together to improve security in Zamfara State in particular and Northwest in general.

According to her, “I bring you the assurance of the President, that those remaining students will be back. The President has put in place a security architecture in collaboration with Zamfara State government  that will safeguards lives and property”. 

She said one of the eight-point agenda of President Tinubu and indeed the primary agenda of government is  security and the welfare of its people and “I want to assure you that our children, our students will come back home and get back to school to continue their education.” 

Edu stated, “the President has assured us of improved  security across the country to reduce humanitarian crises and eradicate multi-dimensional poverty, we hope that  very soon, the remaining nine students in captivity will soon be released. 

“For the students, do not  be deterred by the incident and continue to pursue your education, where necessary, we will ensure their full rehabilitation and reintegration to enable them continue their studies. Our President believes in education, he has made provision for Students’ Loans and Scholarships to assist the education of young people. 

Dr. Betta Edu (centre), on her right, Zamfara State Governor, Dauda Lawal, the VC of the University, Professor Muazu Abubakar and the rescued students

On his part, Governor Lawal commended Dr. Edu for taking the pains “to visit us over the ugly incident that happened 10 days ago.”

The Governor assured that the state government will continue in its efforts to work with the federal government to create a conducive learning environment and will also do its best to protect the lives and properties of the people which is the primary function of government.

Lawal who said Zamfara Needs help from the federal government, said the coming of the Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Minister was an indication of a better collaboration from the federal government led by President Tinubu.

The Vice Chancellor of the University (VC), Professor Muazu Abubakar Gusau, said the management of the  university was delighted to receive the Minister at this trying time.

Professor Gusau, recounted the ordeals the institution has encountered in the hands of bandits in times past even before this administration and called for increased security for the institution as he appealed to Dr. Edu to factor in the University in her Ministry’s several intervention schemes

The institution’s Student Union Representative led by Comrade Bello Aliyu, commended the Minister for visiting them in their trying period, asking that the students should be accommodated in the National Social Investment Programmes of the Federal government.

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