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How community ICT centre was hit by post-election violence

By IWPR Nigeria






A community based Non-Governmental-Organisation in Kaduna state has been recalling its losses from the post-election violence in northern Nigeria.

The Fantsuam Foundation located in Kafanchan said its facilities were stretched to the limit when hundreds of displaced persons swooped on the premises.

The Fantsuam Foundation is a community ICT solutions' NGO.

It co-hosted the Broadband for Nigeria (BB4NG) forum that prepared the broadband access roadmap document for the Nigerian environment in July 2010.

Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, John Dada, explained that about 200 distressed people rushed into the compound for medical attention, shelter, food and clothing following the ferocious violence of April 19.

Dada said the shut-down of the Kafanchan General Hospital placed greater burden on the Foundation's health centre causing shortage of basic essentials.

Dada added that micro-finance clients of the foundation lost cash and materials to a market fire during the violence. According to him, the clients are now unable to re-pay the loans, thereby causing the foundation financial difficulties.

Dada also stated that members of staff of the Foundation are also emotionally distressed because of the loss of their friends and property during the violence.

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