Seven years after Boko Haram terrorists abducted over 200 school girls from Chibok Girls Secondary School and destroyed the school structure, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday commissioned the newly remodelled Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok local government area of Borno State.
LEADERSHIP recalls that there has been ill feeling from the Chibok community over the abandonment of the school years after its destruction despite huge amount said to have been approved for the reconstruction of the school. Following the completion of the reconstruction of the school, the remodelled school is now renamed “Government Secondary School Chibok “, as it is now a mix school of boys and girls.
It could also be recalled that in the attack which took place on 14th of April, 2014, no fewer than 276 of the school girls, were abducted before some of them escaped from the abductors while the federal government secured the freedom of some others , even as over 100 of them are still in the hands of the Boko Haram terrorists.
Shortly after the abduction and destruction of the school, former President Goodluck Jonathan through his finance minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala visited Chibok in March 2015, where she laid a foundation for the rebuilding of the school. Jonathan was defeated in the presidential election few weeks later and the responsibility for its completion falls on the new administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. The Borno State government under the leadership of Governor Babagana Umara Zulum took over and completed the project this year.
Representative of President Muhammadu Buhari at the commissioning ceremony, the minister of women affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, said, she was in the state to bring goodwill message of President Buhari to the people of Borno, especially those in Chibok.
She thanked Borno State government for single handedly renovating the school. Government, she said, is determined to provide quality education, especially to the downtrodden and to improve the girl-child education.
In his remarks, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his support and pledged his administration’s commitment to uplifting the education sector in the state.