JUST IN: AU To Assist Nigeria Rescue Abducted School Girls In Borno State

The African Union, AU, has announced plans to collaborate with the Nigerian Federal Government and other stakeholders to rescue the kidnapped schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno.

More than 276 girls were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents at the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno state on 14 April, 2014.

 The statement was made on Saturday, 31 May, 2014 by AU Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security, Mrs Benita Diop, at the close of the Conference of Ministers of Social Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Diop, who is to lead a delegation to Abuja on Monday, June 2, stated that he is to intimate the Federal Government on the “new approach’’ to rescue the girls, abducted right inside their school’s dormitory.


* Some of the abducted schoolgirls

The envoy, who addressed the meeting on AU’s effort to secure the girls, said the continental body would continue to evolve mechanisms to protect the girl-child through robust policies on education, among others.


* Mrs Diop

The AU Ministers, under the auspices of the Fourth Conference on Social Development convened with stakeholders to review efforts toward ending child marriage in Africa.

The African Union Commission had announced that 39,000 under-age girls were sent out for marriage daily in Africa and urged for more efforts to tackle the practise and allow such girls to face their future through adequate education.

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