The Federal government has advised parents, communities and schools to be very watchful on the rising cases of kidnap of students in schools across Nigeria, stating that the Federal government cannot provide security for all schools in the country.
Speaking in an interview on Monday, the Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Nwajiuba, said the suggestion of building perimeter fences around school would be of little or no effect, since most of the bandits come in through the school gates.
Professor Anthony said what schools and parents must do is to be vigilant to dictate suspicious movements and report same immediately to law officers.
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In the Interview granted by The Punch, Professor Nwajiuba, said the time for all citizens to see the high cases of school abduction as everyone’s problem and that of Federal government was now.
“Eternal vigilance is the price for security. Every nation is always concerned about the consciousness of its people. The Federal Government cannot secure every house. Everybody needs to be vigilant. We have passed this message to all our schools so that anywhere they are, if there is any threat, they know the nearest security agency to contact.
“Almost all the schools in Nigeria, whether private or owned by the Federal Government, are mostly all fenced, except maybe some state schools.
“As you may also be aware, even if you put up a fence, these people (bandits) have been known to come through gates.
“So, perimeter fencing, by themselves, are not too effective. The security consciousness is the thing. If you hear where some of them are being held, you will know that it is a question of self-consciousness and communities informing officials on time.”
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