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Chibok Girls: 106 fully recovered, ready for reintegration- Minister

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Jummai Al’Hassan has said that the 106 of the returned abducted Chibok school girls are now fully recovered and ready for reintegration with their families and the larger society and go to school.

Senator Aisha in a press briefing with journalists on Friday said the federal government is focused on their health status, psychosocial well being, education and training as well as progress on their community reintegration.

About 290 school girls were abducted in April 2014 from the Government Secondary school Chibok during the administration of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

The Minister revealed that the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social development with support from development partners especially the UN Women, UNFPA and UNICEF along with private sector companies and individual well wishers have worked in collaboration to successfully provide care and support for the girls.

“Note that initial 21 girls were released in October last year, 82 in May 2017 and we received 3 girls who escaped captivity on their own, making a total of 106 girls received; all the 106 girls are now fully recovered, ready for reintegration with their families and the larger society and go back to school.

“Since the return of the girls, they have received top class medical care and are in good health; corrective surgeries were carried out in some cases and prosthetic limb provided for the girl that lost her leg during captivity. The limb has arrived and the affected girl is receiving physiotherapy classes on the use and care of the limb.

“Four babies that returned with the girls are also doing well and are under daycare supervision during the day to allow their mothers participate fully in the remedial classes and receive vocational training of their choice side by side with their peers”, she said.

Hajia Aisha revealed that the account of their prolong isolation while in captivity has been of paramount concern to this government hence the government made adequate provision for their welfare saying, “to date, education and livelihood opportunities of the girls since their return have been enhanced through remedial and tutorial sessions as well vocational skills training to make them not only academically sound but also possessing independent livelihood skills.

“I am happy to say that government gone all out to compensate these girls for the loss of regular schooling opportunity suffered. Already, some of the girls who are now in the America University of Nigeria (AUN) Yola have made tremendous progress and are either in the last phase of the foundation course or already enrolled for degree programs”, she revealed.

Quoting president Muhammadu Buhari while receiving the 21 released girls at the presidential villa in October 2016, “These girls have suffered the worst and now, it is time for them to get and enjoy the best”, Senator Aisha said,

“I am therefore delighted that all the 106 girls will be resuming school in September, 2017 while the grandmothers of the babies will take over the babies care, to give all the girls opportunity for an uninterrupted education that is free of distraction”, she said.

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