American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola, Adamawa State have announced that the 27 girls from Chibok out of the 58 that escaped would be prepared for university. It said as an insitution which starts people on meaningful journeys in life, it is giving these Chibok girls hope for a bright future.
During the university’s Class of 2016 Graduation ceremony in Yola, the president of AUN, Dr Margee Ensign, said to newsmen that the university had trained about 10,000 young people, elderly people, vulnerable people and women entrepreneurs on information technology and literacy, through its Adamawa Peace Initiative formed in 2012.
“So, we were building this programme when the IDPs started to come into Yola. At the height of the insurgency, we were feeding every week 276,263 people. So, for 18 months, that is all we did and now, we are able to get back to some other important projects and the really important one is that we have begun reconciliation efforts.”
She also stated that the US government reached out to her to know if she would assist the state government in delivering 100,000 seeds to vulnerable people in the northeast.
“So, it will be done in weeks because the rains have started. They want to use us because they trust us to identify the vulnerable people. So, members of the AUN have said, in this community, here are the 20 families who have nothing and so on. So, once the seeds come in, we are in charge of giving them to the right people. So, I think that is a very effective use of our peace initiative.”