Saturday, May 20, 2017 8:44 pm
The 82 rescued Chibok school girls have been reunited with their parents in an emotion-laden occasion in Abuja on Saturday.
The girls were earlier reunited with 24 others who were rescued by the Federal Government last year.
In her message to the occasion, the Minister of Women Affairs, Hajia Jummai Alhassan, who was represented by the Director Planning, Research and Statistics in the ministry, Mrs. Abidemi Aremo, said a group of experts has been put together to address the girls’ psycho-social support and medical needs.
“The children are being rehabilitated and we believe that in due course they will be properly aligned with their families.
“Intensive medical attention is being administered and as soon as they are done, they will be enrolled into a remedial programme,” she said.
Hajia Alhasan disclosed that the 24 others who were rescued last year are currently undergoing psycho-social counselling and remedial programme preparatory to their enrollment in school next academic session.
“For the 21 and 3 that were earlier released, I wish to inform us that their psycho-social counselling is still in progress and of course they have started remedial classes. They are being taught five subjects, which is designed with a view to getting them back to school come the next school session, which is in September this year. They will be settled in various schools and I am sure they will continue their education from there,” she said.
The Minister, who stated that the Federal Government has intensified efforts to rescue the remaining girls in captivity, expressed appreciation to all those involved in the rescue mission particularly the security agencies, development partners and non-governmental organisations.
The Chairman of the parents of the abducted school girls, Yakubu Nkeki said their joy has no bounds and thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for wiping away their tears.
Mr. Nkeki said he has high hopes that very soon the remaining girls still in captivity will be rescued.
So far a total of 106 Chibok school girls have been rescued.