The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said 1,400 schools have been damaged or destroyed in Borno as a result of years of Boko Haram insurgency.
UNICEF stated this in its 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan for Northeast – Adamawa, Borno and Yobe – adding, less than 400 health facilities remained functional across the state.
“Many of these schools are unable to reopen for safety reasons. Over one million children are currently out of school.
“The protracted crisis has also compromised the physical safety and psychosocial well-being of 2.5 million children in north-east Nigeria, who require immediate assistance,” UNICEF said.
“In the three most directly affected states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, 7.7 million people require humanitarian assistance.
“This includes 4.3 million children and 1.6 million internally displaced persons, more than half of whom are children.
“An estimated 400,000 children in 14 local government areas in Borno will be severely malnourished in 2018.
“Five local government areas in Yobe are experiencing global acute malnutrition rates of 10 to 20 per cent.
In 2018, UNICEF said it would continue to deliver an integrated intervention package to affected populations, in coordination with the Government, UN agencies, and non-governmental organisations.