Chris Steven, Abuja
The rehabilitation of the 82 rescued Chibok girls is commencing soon – They have been handed over to the Ministry of Women Affairs by the Department of State Service (DSS) –
The minister of women affairs, Aisha Alhassan, said a facility has been put in place for the girls’ accommodation
The 82 rescued Chibok Secondary Schools girls have been handed over to the Ministry of Women Affairs to commence their rehabilitation. The girls were handed over to the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan on Tuesday by the Department of State Services, DSS at the Women Development Centre, Abuja, where a facility has been prepared for them.
The girls, since their rescue almost a month ago, have been kept in the DSS medical facility where they were said to have undergone medical tests.
The Minister said the facility at the Women Center has been upgraded to accommodate the 82 girls noting that they would be well taken care of here, noting that the 21 Chibok girls earlier rescued have been kept at the facility.
“Their sisters have been here since they were released and as you can see, they are well taken care of. Everything has put in place to make sure they are comfortable,” she said.
Speaking on why the girls have not gone back to Chibok village, the Minister said none of them are held against their own will or that of their parents stressing that anyone who indicates interest to return to Chibok would be allowed to do so. She however said none of the girls have expressed willingness to go back home.
”Anyone that indicates interest to leave will be allowed to go, but none of them have said they want to leave,” she said.
The girls who cladded in Ankara textile materials and were looking radiant sang in their local language immediately they settled into the hall. One of them was however on clutches while another was also wearing a POP on one of her arms.
The minister took journalists round the facility which comprises of classrooms, a sick bay, a chapel and hostels.
When they were released early this month, Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole had that said the girls would undergo various medical investigations and psycho-social tests.