La­gos be­gins de­ploy­ment of night, day guards to beef up se­cu­rity in schools

Sunday Trust - - NEWS -

The La­gos State gov­ern­ment on Fri­day said it will com­mence the de­ploy­ment of day and night guards to en­hance se­cu­rity in pub­lic schools across the state.

The Deputy Gov., Dr Idiat Ade­bule, who also dou­bles as the Com­mis­sioner for Ed­u­ca­tion, dis­closed this at a meet­ing with the Head Teach­ers of pri­mary schools and prin­ci­pals of se­condary schools in the state.

Ade­bule said the is­sue of se­cu­rity had been the state gov­ern­ment’s point of dis­cus­sion since schools va­cated on July 11.

“Gov. Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode has ap­proved the de­ploy­ment of of­fi­cers of the Nige­ria Se­cu­rity and Civil De­fence Corps (NSCDC) as day and night guards in our schools.

“And since the fed­eral gov­ern­ment has ap­proved arms­bear­ing for of­fi­cers of NSCDC, they will be com­ple­ment­ing the po­lice and other se­cu­rity agen­cies in tack­ling in­se­cu­rity in our pub­lic schools, es­pe­cially the schools lo­cated in the river­ine and coastal ar­eas.

“The gov­ern­ment has also com­pleted the con­struc­tion of a watch­tower with alarm sys­tems at the La­gos Model Col­lege, Ig­bonla, Epe.

“Two Hilux ve­hi­cles have been de­ployed to the po­lice by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion for reg­u­lar and ef­fec­tive pa­trol in Epe and Bada­gry ar­eas. More will still be de­ployed to other ar­eas.

“These are the var­i­ous strate­gies the state gov­ern­ment has been putting in place to en­sure that our schools are ready and safe for re­sump­tion on Mon­day, Sept. 11,” she said.

Ade­bule said ren­o­va­tion works and pro­vi­sion of benches and desks had been com­pleted in some schools, while works were still on-go­ing in some oth­ers.

She said there was an im­prove­ment from the state’s pre­vi­ous year’s West African Ex­am­i­na­tion Coun­cil (WAEC) re­sults, as the per­for­mance rate was 66 per cent, this year.

“I re­ally com­mend our teach­ers in the state for their ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to shap­ing and mould­ing our stu­dents to record good per­for­mances, as well as be­come re­spon­si­ble and suc­cess­ful adults of to­mor­row.

“I will still call on you to do more as you re­sume on Mon­day by ef­fec­tively plan­ning and co­or­di­nat­ing teach­ing and learn­ing pro­cesses for the 2017/2018 aca­demic year.

“It is un­for­tu­nate that most par­ents have left the role of child up­bring­ing to the teach­ers.

“I want to beg you to con­tinue to do your best as Gov. Am­bode has as­sured us that he will con­tinue to hugely in­vest in Ed­u­ca­tion so that the sec­tor can meet in­ter­na­tional stan­dards,” Ade­bule said.

Read­ing out se­cu­rity tips to the school man­agers, Mr Imo­himi Ed­gal, Act­ing Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, La­gos State, said that part­ner­ship with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties was key to cre­at­ing safer schools for learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment.

Ed­gal urged head teach­ers and prin­ci­pals of schools to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with the peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and the po­lice sta­tions, to en­hance in­for­ma­tion and in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing, as well as boost com­mu­nity polic­ing.

“Achiev­ing safety in our schools re­quires the col­lec­tive ef­forts of all. The po­lice will con­tinue to work very hard to en­sure that all schools are pro­tected and safe for our stu­dents,” he added. (NAN)

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