The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs has budgeted N360m for the “specialised education programme” of the Chibok girls who have been rescued from Boko Haram captivity.
This is contained in the 2020 budget proposal submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly last week.
This amount represents about 9% of the ministry headquarters’ N3.9bn budget for the year 2020.
The 106 schoolgirls are presently attending the American University of Nigeria, Yola, founded by former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar.
Recall however that Mr. Atiku had said in a tweet in 2014 while contesting the Presidency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress that his school would provide scholarships for all girls who escaped Boko Haram`s bondage.
President Buhari had in 2017 approved the payment of N164.8m for the second semester tuition of the freed 106 Chibok girls attending the university.
His media aide, Garba Shehu, had said in a statement in 2017 that although the schoolgirls had been officially handed over to their parents, the Federal Government would continue to be responsible for their school fees up to their graduation from the university.