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30 IDPs in Edo now studying in tertiary institutions

No fewer than 30 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the North-East, camped in the International Christian Centre for Missions (ICCM),  have secured admission to tertiary institutions within the last one year.


The Director of the centre, Mr Solomon Folorunsho, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Wednesday at Ohogua, near Benin, Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo.

He said about 250 of the IDPs have also been registered for various external examinations for 2018 academic session.


“A lot have been achieved since they came into this camp about six years ago. I recalled that most of them could hardly communicate in English, but the reverse is the case now.

“I see determination and eagerness to learn in these children and we are assisting them in whatever way we can.

“They are people who believe in their country and also believe that the ugly incident that happened to them is an opportunity for them to be in a place where they can get what probably they wouldn’t have gotten over there.

“They are grappling the opportunities with both hands, they want to get to the height of all that is good here for the benefit of their people back at home.

“As I speak with you, we have over 30 of them studying courses such as Communication Engineering, Nursing, Biochemistry, Environmental Sciences in Universities like Edo University, Iyamoh; University of Maiduguri; University of Benin, among others.

“We have three of them who actually wanted to study Medicine but were given alternative courses to study.

“They had wanted Medicine because they felt they needed it to go back home to their community and help as Medical doctors.

“Though they have accepted the courses offered them, but they are still determined to study Medicine somehow,” he said.


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