Senators plan scholarship for freed female student


Senators yesterday disclosed plans to set up a scholarship scheme for the 121 female students of Government Girls College, Chibok, Borno State, rescued by troops on Wednesday.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Senator Magnus Ngei Abe revealed this in Abuja.
He stated that some Senators have agreed to institute a scholarship scheme for the freed female students.
He said the lawmakers were impressed by the courage of the abducted girls who have vowed to forge ahead with their education.
The scheme, which he said would be in partnership with parents and any well-meaning Nigerian, would be structured in such a way that it would enable the students to continue their education in other parts of the country.
Abe: “The dream of these girls shouldn’t be thwarted by the Boko Haram. This is not a time for blame-game on any side but the whole nation should rise as one to ensure that the other girls in the custody of this sect should be released and re-united with their parents, unharmed.
“We should all work with the Borno State Government to secure the release of the remaining girls. We are also parents and we plead that the dream of these girls should not be allowed to end because of this incident.
“I’m calling on Nigerians to raise funds for these girls so that they can go to other parts of the country to continue with their education.
“I’ve spoken with my colleagues and they are ready to partner with the parents of these girls and indeed, all other interested parties to make sure that these girls receive the education they so earnestly desire.”
On Tuesday, Boko Haram insurgents abducted about 100 female students of a public school in Borno State who were writing their West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) examinations.
The abducted students, according to security sources, were among the over 250 WAEC/SSCE candidates of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in the southern part of Borno.
Some insurgents were said to have invaded the school on Monday night, broke into the hostels and ordered the girls out in their night wears. “They then forced them into the school bus and other vehicles they brought, shot sporadically and sped off,” a resident had said.