CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

5 June 2014

Nigeria: Borno Allocates Fund to Educate Chibok Girls

Abuja — THE Borno State Government has set aside N100 million for the education of the 57 students of the Chibok Government Secondary School who escaped from Boko Haram captivity.

The State Governor, Kashim Shettima, disclosed this in Maiduguri when he met with members of Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) counseling and rehabilitating the affected girls.

“We are willing to rehabilitate the girls and those still in captivity as soon as they return before re-integrating them back to the society.

We have set aside N100 million for their education so they can move forward.

"We might get schools for them in Kaduna or Abuja so they can repeat their classes for a year before going further,” he said.

He added that the state government was willing to transfer the students to other schools in the North-West or North-Central regions of the country to enable them to further their education.

The Governor also expressed optimism that the remaining girls still in captivity would be released soon.

“Insha Allah, we shall get back our girls safely,” he said.

Spokesman of Interfaith Mediation Centre, Kaduna, Malam Mohammed Ashafa, said the group's visit was to see how it could assist the state government in rehabilitating the abducted girls.

He said the girls needed rehabilitation following their traumatic experience in the hands of their abductors.

Ashafa added that the organisation intended to perform psycho-social examination on the girls before embarking on voluntary medical tests.

Dr Musa Saleh of the Family Health International (FHI) said the body would assist in counseling the girls so that they would be able to overcome the trauma.

The Boko Haram sect is still holding more than 200 other schoolgirls captive following their abduction in April.

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