Schools Resumption And Security Preparedness

<strong>Schools Resumption And Security Preparedness</strong>

As insecurity orchestrated by Boko Haram terrorists and bandits has shifted to schools in most states of the Federation especially in the Northern region and where unsuspecting students and wards are now victims is worrisome.

As the secondary and primary schools resume academic activities across the country, concerns have been raised over the safety and security of schools as well as the level of preparedness of the government to nip in the board any possible attack.

AljazirahNigeria recalls that many schools in the North didn’t close their terms or session on a natural normal school calendar owing to news of students kidnap and several threats targeting children of school age. One will not forget in a hurry the closure of schools in Abuja and its environ, the Federal Government Girls College Kwali a suburb of the FCT, Law School, Bwari, Caritas University and Dorben Polytechnic all in Bwari area were forced to shut down for obvious manifest insecurity.  That of Bwari Law School cut short the lives of our gallant soldiers who were on patrol in response to the threat notice issued by bandits. Also Jigawa, Zamfara, Sokoto and Niger State witnessed abrupt closure of schools owing to growing insecurity.

Although, Minister of State for Education, Goodluck Opiah, has said the Federal Government, in collaboration with relevant security agencies have ensured adequate security measures in schools in preparation for the resumption of the new primary and secondary schools academic calendar but many parents are still in apprehension owing to the recent security breaches in the affected schools and government institutions.

However, that Federal Government College Kwali and other schools in the Federal Capital Territory forcefully closed down for fear of bandits’ attack thereby heightening fears over the safety of wards are still fresh in our minds.

The Federal Government’s assurance in safeguarding our schools are not enough as we are all aware that the number of security men are not enough to provide the needed protection in and around the public and private schools.

It is important to avert a repeat of the Chibok Girls in Borno and the Dapchi Girls in Yobe States. Recall that Leah Sharibu and other Chibok Girls are still in captivity of the Boko Haram terrorist many of them we learnt had been married off and others killed, or taken into sex slavery. What about the deaths in schools that were caused by some students tied to alleged blasphemy as witnessed in Sokoto State and that of Borno and Bauchi were averted because of the timely interventions of gallant police men.

We reiterate that education is the right of every citizen of this country for the progress and development of the society, especially the girl-child enrollment in schools are very necessary to avoid increasing the numbers of out-of –school children. While calling on stakeholders to ensure education was given the desired attention through an increment of budgetary allocation to the Ministry in order to meet up with the UNESCO threshold.

AljazirahNigeria calls on the Federal and State Governments, the ministries of education and its agencies to up their ante in their security arrangement to protect and secure our schools from aggression and terrorist and allay the fears of parents so that the pupils, students can return to schools as no part of the country is safe as we write.