The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has called for the rescue of the remaining 112 Chibok school girls out of 219 that were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists while writing their final Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (SSCE) on April 14, 2014.
Recall that the girls were rescued in two batches of 21 and 82 while four escaped individually at different times within the six years of their captivity in the terrorists’ den.
The rescued girls, comprising of 103 were initially transferred to the Women Development Centre, Abuja, where they underwent Psychosocial Support (PSS) and treatment for Post Stress Traumatic Disorder (PTSD), facilitated by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
A statement issued the national publicity secretary of the Middle Belt Forum, Dr Isuwa Dogo said since May 2017 when they were rescued, rehabilitated and sent to the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola, to prepare them to rewrite their SSCE and proceed to various pre-degree programmes, neither the re-siting of the SSCE nor the pre-degree programme have seen the light of day.
“The inability of the federal government and those directly responsible for the welfare and progress of the rescued girls to monitor and evaluate their level of educational progress have cast a bleak on the future of the girls”.
“Consequently, some of the rescued girls got frustrated and abandoned their studies, with some of them even married off. Presently, no fewer than 10 of the girls have since dropped out and there are fears that more may not return after the easing off of the current COVID-19 lockdown.