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General News of Monday, 7 June 2021


After seven years of Boko Haram infiltration, the Federal Government commissions Chibok School

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday officially reopened the fully refurbished Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno state, which had earlier been targeted by Boko Haram.

Because it is coed, the new institution is now designated as a 'Government Secondary School.'

After the raid on the 14th of April, 2014, some 276 schoolgirls, predominantly Christians, were abducted and ferried into Sambisa jungle after the school's property was destroyed.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, through his finance minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iwella, visited Chibok in March 2015, laying the groundwork for the school's reconstruction, but it wasn't until President Muhammadu Buhari took office that the Borno State Government, led by Governor Babagana Umara Zulum, took over and finished the project this year.

Although several of the abducted schoolgirls managed to flee, 112 of them remain in captivity or have been married off to terrorists, and their locations are unknown.

Buhari, who was represented by Mrs Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, said she was in the state to convey President Buhari's goodwill message to the people of Borno, particularly those in Chibok.

She praised the Borno State Government for renovating the institution on its own.

She stated that the government is committed to providing high-quality education, particularly to the poor, and to improving the education of girls.

She also stated that the current administration is committed to eradicating insurgency in the North-East and the country as a whole, allowing inhabitants to resume regular lives. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Chibok community. We are aware of your dilemma.

However, I want to tell you that we are working around the clock to guarantee that life in your neighborhood and other areas affected by terrorism returns to normal.

“I would want to appeal to Chibok leaders and the community to continue to provide their full support to the current administration, led by Governor Babagana Umara Zulum, who is always willing to give girl child education the attention it deserves.” According to the ministry.

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum, the Chief Host, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his support and cooperation in assisting the state government in obtaining the necessary funds, resulting in the completion of all the destroyed structures, and pledged his administration's commitment to improving the state's education sector.

He prayed God Almighty to rescue the remaining schools Girls and all those still in the captivity of Boko Haram.

“The reconstructed Chibok school have a state of the art classrooms, library and laboratory, computer and ICT Center, a sports arena and a clinic.

“For security, it has a gate house and observation post to be manned by well-equipped security agents.

“This administration promised to rebuild the Government Secondary School in Chibok which was destroyed by terrorists. Today, I am glad that we are all witnessing the official commissioning of the completed befitting projects.

“We want our students to go back to school. We want them to get the education they need to live a decent life. We will support them and we will do everything we can to support their parents and the entire community.

“We will also not forget the Chibok girls. We are working hard to ensure that they return home. As a father, I can feel the pain of the parents. What happened was tragic. But I want you to know that this administration cares. We will not abandon our children. We are with you.

He used the opportunity and commissioned numerous projects executed by the state government to mark his two years anniversary.

The newly constructed Government Lodges in Chibok and Askira Uba LGAs, Mbabala Technical College also in Chibok, Primary Health Care Centres in Mbalala and Wamdeo in Askira Uba, 200 Housing Units in Chibok town, 20 double classrooms in Damboa, boreholes in Mboa community, and distribution of palliatives are among the projects executed by Zulum's administration and scheduled for commissioning.

Hajiya Asabe Ali Kwongla, the school's principal, praised Governor Zulum for his kindness and requested that the school laboratory be restocked, a school bus/tricycle be provided in case of an emergency, and additional instructors be hired to suit the children' needs.

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