By Nicholas Kalu, Abuja
The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Ministry of Education to work out appropriate modalities for the provision of basic security and safety measures to protect schools in Nigeria.
The House urged the need to deploy modern technology in the provision of basic security measures in schools.
Its Committees on Basic Education and Services, Tertiary Education and Services and Legislative Compliance were mandated to ensure compliance.
These resolutions followed a motion on the need to Increase Security around Schools across the Country by Hon. Benjamin B. Mzondu and Hon. Julius O. Ihonvbere.
The House noted the increasing insecurity in Nigeria which has become a worrisome development irrespective of one’s class, religion or ethnicity.
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It noted that since December 2020, hundreds of teachers, students and pupils have been abducted from schools across the Country.
This, the House said, further highlighted a troubling development in the country’s kidnap–for-ransom” crisis which has now become a money–making “business”.
The House recalled the abduction of nearly 300 students from Government Girls Science Secondary School, Jangegbe in Zamfara State on 26 February 2021 and 27 boys and their teachers from a school in Kagara, Niger State which happened in the space of 10 days.
It expressed worries over the weak or non-existent security infrastructure in most schools across the country leaves the children vulnerable to attacks and other negative influences, hence the need to provide primary resistance against intruders, and protect the school facilities.
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