The House of Representatives is to investigate why the Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state has not being reconstructed despite 500 million naira being earmarked for the project in the 2016 budget.
This resolution followed a motion sponsored by Rep Raphael Igbokwe who reminded the House that the former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had flagged off the reconstruction project.
Lawmakers wondered if the funds have been diverted and called for a proper investigation to be done in the matter.
The House also resolved that all schools destroyed in the course of fighting insurgency should also be reconstructed.
A Security Expert, Dare Ogunlana has said that Nigerians are losing confidence in the soldiers carrying out the rescue mission on the 200 girls that were abducted from Girls Secondary School, Chibok.
Mr. Ogunlana stated that there is communication gap between the Soldiers and the government, comparing Nigeria to other advanced countries, especially the recent missing Malaysian Airline; he said the president of the country has been giving day to day update of the rescue efforts. “We need someone to give us hope, because what Boko Haram wanted was to make Nigerians lose confidence in the soldiers”.
Speaking on Channels Television’s Saturday breakfast programme, Sunrise, Mr. Ogunlana noted that it is lack of confidence that is making the mothers of the girls insist on going to the forest to look for their daughters. “This tells us that they are fast losing confidence and trust in soldiers, Army, Police and other security operatives”.
He also sympathized with President Goodluck Jonathan on the tension and pressure he is facing in order to bring the abducted girls back and therefore urged Nigerians to help in any information that will be useful.
The expanded meeting convened by the Federal Government to look at security situation in Nigeria has kicked off in the Presidential Villa with President Goodluck Jonathan presiding.
The meeting which has a fuller house as against what happened a week before, has many of the governors from the opposition parties present.
The President of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs in Nigeria and the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, as well as the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor are also attending the meeting.
Twenty-four governors are in attendance while the governors of Jigawa, Imo, Oyo, Rivers, Kano, Ogun, Plateau, Edo and Yobe are being represented by their deputies.
The security chiefs in attendance are; the Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force, as well as the Inspector-General of Police, the Comptrollers-General of Customs and Immigration, Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps and the Commandant-General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp.
The Interior Minister, Mr. Abba Moro, Minister of Defence, General Aliyu Gusau, the Minister of Police Affairs, Mr. Abduljelil Adesiyan, the Foreign Affairs Minister, Viola Onwuleri, Agriculture Minister, Akinwunmi Adeshina and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, are also present.
The expanded National Security Council meeting was summoned by President Jonathan following the bombing in Nyanya, Abuja and the abduction of over one hundred female students from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno.