Eighteen of the over three hundred Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) in universities within and outside Edo State have graduated.
One of IDPs, Amos Ishaku, bagged first class in Chemical Engineering from Edo State University, Uzairue with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.80. He was the best graduating student in the Faculty of Engineering.
Ishaku, who hails from Gwoza Local government Area of Borno State, joined the IDP camp at Uhogua in Ovia Northeast Local Government Area of Edo State in 2014.
He dropped out of school in 2012 due to the Boko Haram insurgency. He was then a Senior Secondary School (SSS2) pupil.
The Coordinator, Home for the Needy Foundation, Pastor Solomon Folorunso, made the dropped the hint yesterday in Benin.
Folorunso noted that he felt fulfilled, seeing the IDPs, whom most people had not given a chance in life, succeeding in their academic endeavours.
He reiterated that the Home for the Needy Foundation started in 1992 as a non-overnmental, non-profit-making organisation, but engaged in providing shelter, education, health and other welfare services to the IDPs across Nigeria.
The coordinator said: “We want the world to know that good things are coming from Home for the Needy Foundation. It is a place where homeless and vulnerable children come, as well as women that are oppressed and abused, but are specially cared for.
“In 2012, we started working with IDPs from the North. People who never went to school, people who were slightly educated. Today, we have good results coming out.
“We are contributing to governments’ efforts. We are doing things to make sure that those who have no opportunity are given opportunities in this country.”
Folorunsho also assured that the foundation would continue to help the needy, including orphans, street children, children from broken homes and poor families, among others.