The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced it will provide psychosocial support to the released Jangebe schoolgirls and their families.
This was disclosed by UNICEF Nigeria Representative, Peter Hawkins, in a statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Tuesday.
Hawkins added that UNICEF would also work with the Zamfara State Ministry of Education on how to ensure the safe return of all children to school in the state.
“We are relieved with the news of the reported release of the over 200 students of Government Girls’ Secondary School Jangebe in Zamfara, North-west Nigeria.
“While we rejoice at the release of the schoolgirls and look forward to their safe return to their families.
“We reiterate that attacks on students and schools are not only reprehensible but a violation of the right of children to an education.
“It is a right that any society can ill-afford to violate.”
He urged the Federal Government to take measures to protect schools in the country so that children would not be scared of going to school, and parents not afraid of sending their children to school.
According to him, schools must be safe places to study and develop, and learning should not become a risky endeavor.
Recall that the girls were kidnapped at their school in the early hours of Friday 26, February 2021
Announcing the release of the girls on Tuesday, Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle said “repentant bandits in the state-assisted security agencies in the operation that led to the rescue of the schoolgirls.”
The governor, who received the girls at about 5 a.m. on Tuesday in Gusau, said that the 279 girls were returned safely without paying any ransom.