Kaduna engages vigilantes to protect schools
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.