Zulum orders rehabilitation of Chibok school, donates N11m to 83 families
Governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum has ordered the immediate rehabilitation of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok.
This new directive was given by the Borno state governor on Monday after inspecting the school where over 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram on April 14, 2014.
Reports revealed that some of the roofs of the school had collapsed when Zulum visited even though the defunct Presidential Residential Committee on North-east Intervention (PCNI) had done some work in the school.
This rehabilitation move is coming five years after the Jonathan administration vowed to rebuild the school after the attack.
Recall that former minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in March 2015 visited Chibok and laid the foundation stone for the construction of a new school of international standards to replace the vandalized structure.
“That school, the president is determined and he promised publicly that he will have the school rebuilt. The plans are ready; they are working with engineers. In no far distance, we will be able to start work in that school; he has already approved that,” Okonjo-Iweala had said.
Reacting to the development, Zulum said nothing was done and that the school has remained in bad shape since the day it was attacked by the insurgents.
“I hereby direct the ministry of education to deploy a team of experts to assess the entire school and come up with a design and costing so that I can approve the immediate reconstruction and remodeling of this school. We will also ensure that the school is allocated adequate teachers, already I have given a directive for recruitment of more teachers both on permanent and ad-hoc staffing that will include volunteer teachers,” Zulum said.
“Of course, before allocation of teachers, the reconstruction will involve the provision of all components of learning materials including functional laboratory for sciences. By the I return here next time, I want to see a completely different scene.”
About 106 of the girls have regained their freedom while the whereabouts of over 100 of them remains unknown.
Zulum also visited 83 families affected by Boko Haram attacks in Takulashi, a community in Chibok local government, and directed the release of N11m as social protection for them.
“What happened in Takulashi is very unfortunate, we share your pains and we all believe that nothing can equal the value of a single life. However, I will present token to support the 83 families affected,” he said.