Govt Set To Reopen Chibok Girls' Secondary School
On April 14, 2014, 276 female students were abducted from the Government Girls’ Secondary School (GGSS) in Borno State.
A day to the 3rd anniversary usually marked by the Bring Back Our Girls campaign group, the Vice-Chairman of the Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative, Tijjani Tumsah, says the school premises would be reopened for normal academic activities in the 2017/2018 session.
After the abduction of the girls, 50 of them escaped.
Among the remaining 219, the government negotiated the release of 21 by the sect in 2016, while three others escaped on their own.
Tumsah said all necessary security measures have been taken to avert a re-occurrence of the April 2014 incident.
"We intend to finish with the school before next session and make it functional for educational activities to pick up.
"We have varieties of programmes, including psycho-social and counselling programmes for women and girls and community engagements.
"In terms of the structure itself, the school has to be fortified in terms of early warning systems to protect the girls.
"A whole lot of issues that have been planned to ensure the safety and comfort of the students of the school judging by the previous unfortunate incident," he said.
Tumsah said the committee would implement relevant programmes that would boost education, which had suffered a setback through Boko Haram activities in the North-East.
The committee is contemplating suitable programmes that will help in de-radicalising the youth in keeping with the Muhammadu Buhari administration's Plan of Action.
According to him, some of the activities would include providing youths opportunities to acquire vocational skills.