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Lake Chad listeners ask Governors to “build schools and health centres”

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From Monday to Friday, Radio Ndarason, the radio station that gives a voice to the people of the Lake in their own languages, opens its airwaves to its listeners to hear their concerns.

This Friday, Ndarason listeners took advantage of the Lake Chad Basin Governors’ Forum being held in N’Djamena to call on the Governors for “schools and health centres.”

Hosted in the Boudouma language by Abdou Youssouf Wolimi, “schools and health” were the topics of the day.

Listeners lamented the absence or scarcity of schools and other socio-educational structures in many island areas. According to them this “encourages the recruitment of young people by armed groups”.

One listener, Fatimé Youssouf, asserted that only schools can “awaken young people and set them on the right path”.

Another listener, Tchari Abakar, denounced the lack of will on the part of traditional chiefs: “The cantonal chiefs don’t want us to send children to school to educate and instruct them. The State must ensure that children go to school”.

In addition to schools, health was mentioned by several callers. Adam Hassan and Mahamat Saleh Kousseri called for the establishment and reinforcement of health centres in the Lake province. Their call was reinforced by Dr Mbodou Choukou, who acknowledged the lack of health facilities in several areas of the lake.

This Friday on Radio Ndarason, the listeners all appealed to the governors to set up schools and health centres, to counter the recruitment of armed movements who take advantage of the desperation of the population, particularly young people.

The Lake Chad Basin Governors’ Forum is a platform for exchange between stakeholders. It is also the main platform for political dialogue par excellence in the Lake Chad Basin. Since the forum’s inauguration in 2018 and for the first time ever in its history, this year there is a pre-forum whose aim is to identify new perspectives, an opportunity for nuanced discussions and further promote regional collaboration – at the main Forum and beyond. The pre-forum consists of several parallel events over the two days leading up to the main forum.

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Abdou Youssouf Wollimi