Federal Govt lays foundation to rebuild Chibok school

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday laid the foundation stone for the rebuilding of Government Secondary School Chibok, which was destroyed by the Boko Haram sect.

The school was destroyed when the terrorist sect abducted over 200 girls in April last year.

The president, who was represented by the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said his administration was determined to root out insurgency in the North-east region to enable residents of the area return to normal life.
“We sympathise with the Chibok community. We know what you are going through. But I want to assure you that we are working day and night to make sure that life returns to normal both in your community and all others affected by terrorism.

“This administration promised to rebuild the Government Secondary School in Chibok which was destroyed by terrorists. Today, I am laying the foundation for the remodelling and reconstruction of this school.

“We want our students to go back to school. We want them to get the education they need to live a decent life. We will support them and we will do everything we can to support their parents and the entire community.

“We will also not forget the Chibok girls. We are working hard to ensure that they return home. As a father, I can feel the pain of the parents. What happened was tragic. But I want you to know that this administration cares. We will not abandon our children. We are with you.”
The reconstructed Chibok school is expected to have a state of the art library and laboratory, computer and ICT Centre, a sports arena and a clinic. For security, it will have a gatehouse and observation post to be manned by well equipped security agents.

Given the fact that most of the staff housing, including that of the principal was destroyed during the attack, a new staff accommodation and a principal house will be constructed. The school will run on solar power, and a water reservoir will be built for the new dormitories.

The reconstructed school will include a brand new administration block.

Over 3,000 students in Chibok have been unable to return to school since the deadly attack by Boko Haram in the community.

 Credit: ThisDay