Nigeria/July 18, 2021/By Omeiza Ajayi, Abuja/Source:https://www.vanguardngr.com/
In the wake of the recent surge in the armed invasion of schools as well as the kidnap of students and pupils, the Federal Government has expressed greater commitment to its safe school initiative, declaring to security agencies that nothing must be spared in safeguarding schools.
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola gave the charge Thursday in Abuja while unveiling the Gender Policy of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC.
Vanguard recalls that the NSCDC had recently carried out a vulnerability assessment of 81,000 public schools in the country and revealed that over 62,000 of them are prone to attacks as they are without perimeter fencing and other basic security infrastructure.
“In May, female combatants in the NSCDC graduated from their training and have since been deployed for service. With this policy being put in place, I have no doubt that if there is any vestige of gender discrimination still left, it should be on the way out.
“Our nation has faced security challenges in recent time. There has been a long-standing insurgency in the North East, banditry in the North West and North Central, farmers-herders clashes all over, kidnapping for ransom, armed robbery and sundry criminal activities all over. These challenges have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nigerian security agencies have risen strongly to face them and I am in no doubt that they will soon become a thing of the past.
All hands therefore must be on deck. All our human resources, including women, must be maximally deployed to face this task. I am particular about the protection of school children and farmers. The threats to them represent the threats to our present and future. Without food, we cannot survive. Hunger would kill everybody.
“Children are the future. If they are damaged in any way, it’s the future of the nation that is damaged. They, therefore, deserve to be protected, to enjoy their childhood, to have peace of mind to study and to grow up with confidence to face a glorious future. Nothing must be spared to protect our children”, he charged.
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The minister also directed the Commandant General of the Corps, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi to create opportunities for women officers to rise to the top.
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