Girl Child Education: Schoolgirls’ Abduction Has Set Us Back – FG

Hajia Zainab Maina, Women Affairs Minister
Hajia Zainab Maina, Women Affairs Minister

The Federal Government on Monday admitted that the abduction of secondary schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State, has set the nation back despite efforts put in place to promote girl child education in the country.

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Zainab Maina, who stated  this on Monday to mark the 2014 day of the African child, however, said President Goodluck Jonathan is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the girls are brought back safely to their parents.

She said government at all levels have put security measures in place to ensure adequate protection of children in their schools to forestall future occurrence.

The minister said in collaboration with development partners, “the ministry is working on a comprehensive psycho-social support, trauma management, counselling and empowerment for parents and the girls when they return.

“This is because most of the victims and their families are psychologically traumatised and need counselling and support to be reintegrated and return to schools”, she stated.

The minister assured that World leaders at the just concluded World Economic Forum for Africa, which took place in Abuja, pledged to support the safe school project in Nigeria to compliment government’s efforts in providing the desired security for schools especially girls’ colleges.