Solace have finally come the way of 36 schoolgirls that escaped abduction in Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State as the Borno State Government have granted them scholarship to three international schools in Nigeria. The 36 were lucky to have escaped abduction when Boko Haram insurgents attacked the school and abducted over 200 final year female students on 14 April. The Borno State Government is spending a minimum of N1.4million annual fees on each of the schoolgirls in their new schools besides other costs for their welfare.
The Governor Kshim Shettima at a brief farewell held for the girls at the Government House in Maiduguri on Wednesday said he opted to spread the girls in different schools so as not to make suitable, unnecessary visits that would continue to make them subject of public focus given the global attention on them.
Mr. Shettima said the decision to relocate the schoolgirls was reached after psychosocial experts, psychologists, medical doctors, interfaith religious experts, women from civil society organisations and other trauma managers conducted trauma management sessions for the schoolgirls at the Government House in Maiduguri some months back and certified the girls as set for continued education.
The Governor said while it was a hard decision to send the 36 girls back to school when their colleagues were still in captivity, government he said, has not given up on the girls still held. He said no sane parent would rule out a child that is held in captivity.
Mr. Shettima called on the schoolgirls to be of good behaviour, obey the rules and regulations of their new schools, put their bitter experiences behind them and focus on their studies so as to achieve their dreams in life. The Governor announced that any of the schoolgirls that obtains a minimum of five credits will be awarded automatic scholarship throughout her university education.
Governor Shettima thanked parents of the 36 girls that released their children for continued education noting that his government was deeply committed to ensuring the girls were provided access to the best education money can offer in Nigeria.