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5 Years After, Zulum Orders Rehabilitation of Abducted Chibok Girls School

Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum was in Chibok has ordered the immediate rehabilitation of Government Secondary School, Chibok where more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram on April 14, 2014.
Although the defunct presidential committee on northeast intervention (PCNI) had done some work in the school, majority of roofs were blown off when Zulum visited.
Zulum’s directive is coming five years after then minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in March 2015, secretly flew into Chibok and laid foundation for the construction of a new school of international standard to replace the vandalized school.
The federal government under Jonathan had initiated the project without involving the state government, but when Zulum visited the school alongside stakeholders and community leaders in Chibok, nothing had been done as the school remained what it was since the day it was attacked by Boko Haram.
The Governor said:“ I hereby direct the ministry of education to deploy a team of experts to assess the entire school and come up with a design and costing so that I can approve the immediate reconstruction and remodeling of this school.
” We will also ensure that the school is allocated adequate teachers, already I have given a directive for recruitment of more teachers both on permanent and ad-hoc staffing that will include volunteer teachers.
” Of course, before allocation of teachers, the reconstruction will involve the provision of all components of learning materials including functional laboratory for sciences. By the time I return here next time, I want to see a completely different scene” Zulum said.
Recall that More than 200 schoolgirls writing WAEC exams were abducted by Boko Haram then. 219 of them were declared missing, while 57 escaped from their abductees days into the abduction. Of the missing 219 girls, one of them, Amina Ali was found in May 2016.
In October 2016, 21 of the girls were released by the insurgents through negotiations, while another 82 were freed through negotiation in May 2017. The Nigerian military at different times rescued two girls, making around 106, the number of the girls freed, while more 100 have remained in captivity with their fate unknown.
Meanwhile, while in Chibok, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum sympathized with 83 families affected by Boko Haram attack in Takulashi, a community in the local government, and directed immediate release of N11 million as social protections for them.
“What happened in Takulashi is very unfortunate, we share your pains and we all believe that nothing can equal the value of a single life. However, I will present token to support the 83 families affected,” Zulum said.
12 family members of those who lost their lives during the attack received N300,000 each, 53 people whose houses were burnt down received N100,000 each, while families of nine persons also affected by the terrorist attack received N100,000 each. Another five persons who sustained various degree of injuries received N150,000 each while 4 families also received N150,000 each.

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