Kaduna en­gages vig­i­lantes to pro­tect schools

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THe Kaduna State Min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion has signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing with the state’s Vig­i­lance Ser­vice to stop theft, kid­nap­ping and van­dal­ism in pub­lic schools in the state, the News Agency of Nige­ria re­ports.

The Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the min­istry, Mrs Phoebe Sukai, said in Kaduna on Wednesday the MOU was to, among other things, en­sure pro­tec­tion of life and prop­erty in pub­lic schools, be­gin­ning with board­ing schools.

She said the move be­came nec­es­sary be­cause of a spate of kid­nap­pings, thefts and van­dal­ism of fa­cil­i­ties in pub­lic pri­mary and se­condary schools.

Sukai said, “The KADVIS will en­sure the safety of all pupils teach­ers and other staff in pub­lic schools.

“They (se­cu­rity out­fit) will also en­sure that only au­tho­rised per­son­nel or per­sons have ac­cess to school premises and fa­cil­i­ties.’’

She said they would only en­gage vig­i­lantes cer­ti­fied to be men­tally and phys­i­cally fit.

The PS also said they would in­volve prin­ci­pals, par­ent­teacher as­so­ci­a­tions and com­mu­nity lead­ers in the de­ploy­ment of the vig­i­lantes.

Sukai said, “This is key in en­sur­ing that only per­son­nel of proven in­tegrity are de­ployed in pub­lic schools.

“The se­cu­rity out­fit will also work with the po­lice and the Depart­ment of State Ser­vices to en­sure ef­fec­tive and ad­e­quate se­cu­rity.”

She said the MOU was valid for two years and might be re­newed.

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