Human Rights

Minister pledges support for security of students in Unity schools

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has promised support for the security of lives of students of Federal Unity Colleges and other schools in Nigeria.

Adamu gave the promised in Abuja at the inauguration of the Central Planning Committee on Security Education and Awareness Campaign for Principals and Teachers of Federal Government Colleges.

He said that it was worrisome as the educational institutions had become targets of insurgents.

Adamu said that over the past decade, Nigeria had grown more insecure, largely due to ethno-religious crisis and boko haram insurgency in the north, cultism and ritual killings in the south.

School security is vital to effective teaching and learning. Presently, the safety of the school child is of primary concern to stakeholders in the education sector.

In different parts of the country, the country, communal and ethnic crisis erupted and hindered the smooth functioning of school, he explained.

The minister noted that insecurity in schools was not a problem unique to Nigeria, but the difference was on how to effectively manage the threats.

Partnership from Stakeholders

He, however, called for partnership from stakeholders to curb the rising security challenges in schools.

The ministry had also approved the proposal of Security Awareness and Justice Foundation, an NGO to organise a training programme for principals and teachers on how to deal with security challenges in schools.

Addressing Security Challenges

The minister said a committee with membership from departments responsible for management of unity schools and the NGO was set up to look for ways to address the security challenges in schools.

Former Inspector General of police and the chairman of the committee, Mr Mike Okiro, said the teenagers had been the most affected in the recurring violence and crisis in the country.

Proper Security Awareness

He said proper security awareness of principals and teachers would help to combat most of the problems in the schools.

Like every well-meaning Nigerian, our foundation feels greatly concerned about this untoward situation.

Our focus on this project shall be on children, to whom we remain committed.

We have resolved to collaborate with the government in raising the quality of life of every child, regardless of ethnic, creed or circumstance to achieve their full potential without fear of security attacks on their schools. Mr Okiro said.

Okiro however said the principals and teachers would be required to go back to their various schools to impact the knowledge they have acquired.

Source: Voice of Nigeria