FG beefs up security in schools ahead of resumption

FG beefs up security in schools ahead of resumption

By Funmilayo Adeyemi, Abuja.

 

The Federal Government says it is collaborating with security agencies to ensure adequate security of schools, ahead of the resumption of schooling on Sept. 12.

 

The Minister of State for Education, Mr Goodluck Opiah, made the declaration at a news conference to herald the preparations for the 2022 edition of the International Day to Protect Education from Attack.

 

Recall that the Federal Government in July shut down the Federal Government College (FGC). Kwali and other schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for fear of attack by armed bandits.

 

The minister, who, however, said that the closure was not permanent, stressed that the schools were about to reopen, adding FGC, Kwali, would also be reopened.

 

“The ministry, in collaboration with relevant security agencies, is safeguarding our schools generally and that would not be an isolated case.

 

“Be rest assured that the safety of our children is very important to us,” he said.

 

Opiah also said that the observance of the “International Day to Protect Education from Attack” was initiated in Qatar.

 

He added that it was co-sponsored by 62 other countries at the 76th United Nations General Assembly in 2020 and unanimously espoused.

 

He said that this year’s commemoration was the third edition, hence the ministry strategically chose the theme: “Implementing the School Safety Policy as a Tool to Protect Education from Attack: Our Collective Responsibility”.

 

Opiah, however, called on stakeholders to protect education from violent situations and armed conflicts.

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