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106 freed Chibok school girls resume school Sept.



All 106 freed Chibok Girls will resume schooling by September, Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Jummai Alhassan, declared yesterday.

She spoke at a special lunch for the girls and their parents in Abuja.

The minister said the Chibok girls were rehabilitated and ready to pursue their academic goals again.

Alhassan hinted the federal government would keep all the 106 girls in one institution in the North East.

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The federal government, she added, was in talks with the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola, to take in the girls for its foundation programme.

Alhassan said:

 “Since release of the 21 girls, the American university has indicated interest in supporting the girls just like other development partners in the country.
“The programme is coming to an end and the girls are due for school in September but they (AUN) have been preparing just for the 21.
“So we are talking to see how the others can be accommodated not necessarily by them bearing the cost or anything because we have many people that want to support the education of the girls in addition to government readiness.”

The Minister disclosed 14 of the girls who escaped from Boko Haram received scholarship by the AUN and went through the foundation programme before commencement of their tertiary education.

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