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Federal Government To Rebuild Chibok School, Empower Women, Youths
The Federal Government has finalized arrangement towards the rebuilding of Government Secondary School in Chibok where over 270 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on April 14, 2014.
Deputy chairman of the Presidential Committee On The Northeast Initiative, PCNI, Tijani Tumsa, made this known on Thursday during a meeting with members of the Chibok Community.
He assured the residents that the secondary school which was destroyed during the abduction of the girls would be reconstructed and upgraded to a modern secondary School.
Tumsa also said that boreholes will be provided for the community while women and youths will be empowered.
He noted that the rebuilding of the school is in partnership with the Nigerian Army Engineers.
“Apart from rebuilding of the school, other interventions will include teacher’s training , provision of teaching aids and creation of a means of livelihood through empowerment of women and youths,” Tumsa said.
Responding, the district head of Chibok, Zanna Modu thanked the PCNI for organizing the stakeholders meeting but stressed that the immediate need of the community, apart from reconstruction and rehabilitation of destroyed infrastructure, is potable drinking water.
He noted that the only available dam in Chibok which was constructed in 1985 is already overstretched as a result of the influx of people from other communities due to the Boko Haram insurgency.
Modu also urged government to take advantage of the water flow from the river in Chibok and construct a multipurpose dam that could supply water to humans, livestocks and farm irrigation.
The community leader further pleaded with the committee to intervene in rehabilitation of roads linking Chibok and other Communities for easy transportation of food produce.
Also speaking at the meeting, the Borno State Commissioner for Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Resettlement, Babagana Zulum commended the presidential committee for organizing the stakeholders meeting.
Zulum noted that the state government have acquired 30 tractors for this year’s farming in Chibok bearing in mind that Chibok is agrarian community.
“We are already constructing 50 housing unit in addition to sinking of over 6 boreholes for both human, livestocks and irrigation farming,” he said.
“We will ensure that the six boreholes are reticulated within Chibok community,” Zulum added.