Seven years after over 200 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram from its hostel, Government Secondary School, Chibok wears a new look with the commissioning of major facilities by the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen on Monday.
Tallen was invited by Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, to commission the remodelled school now equipped with classrooms and desks, a computer room, laboratory, among other facilities, and has many books presented to it and a security team put in place.
The school, which was vandalized during the Boko Haram attack of April 14, 2014, had full rehabilitation work commencing when Zulum gave approval on November 16, 2020, during an assessment visit.
Since the attack, the school had remained closed while academic activities were taking place at a primary school in Chibok town since 2014.
Zulum offered support to parents of the schoolgirls affected by the 2014 abduction, as he had previously done at different times.
Aside from the unveiling of the GSS in Chibok, Governor Zulum commissioned 200 low-cost houses newly built for the permanent resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs) currently residing in temporary camps.
Zulum also commissioned a newly built government lodge to encourage routine visits to Chibok in order to increase direct access of residents to authorities.
Zulum noted that resettlement efforts were being made possible because of some gains recorded by the federal government in the ongoing peace restoration efforts which, he said, was reaffirmed in President Muhammadu Buhari’s choice of an Army Chief from the military’s theatre of operations in Borno State.
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