Thousands of orphans displaced by conflict in northeastern Nigeria have received a boost after the Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, commenced the construction of an orphanage and school in the region.

The Aisha Buhari Foundation Orphanage and School in Maiduguri, Borno State is expected to provide basic social amenities for orphans.

It will provide shelter, health facilities and engage beneficiaries in profitable businesses.

Mrs. Buhari, who was represented at the event by an aide, Hajo Sani, asked for more humanitarian action in the North East.

“This project is borne out of my passion to improve the living condition of victims of conflicts and other humanitarian crises, particularly, children".

Children have borne the brunt of the conflict caused by the Islamic militant group, Boko Haram.

Over 4.4 million children resident in the region are either internally displace or in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.