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Lawmakers condemn bullying in schools

The House of Representatives has condemned recent incidences of inhumane treatment and abuses happening in boarding schools across Nigeria.

This was sequel to a motion by a member from Akwa Ibom State Idem Uyinme, at plenary who expressed concern that bullying and other forms of maltreatment have become an ugly trend.

According to him, there were several incidences of killings and abnormal behaviours in boarding schools across the country that have not been investigated by relevant authorities.

Mr Uyinme stated that the recent incident at Dowen College Lagos that led to the death of a 12-year-old student compels the federal government to launch a national campaign to stop the ugly trend.

“The national campaign should include advocacy, public sensitisation and social mobilisation, as it will take the joint effort of government, school management and parents to curb ugly happenings in our boarding schools.”

Member, from Lagos State, Ibrahim Obanikoro, in whose constituency the latest Dowen College incident took place, said the newly created safety standards committee on education should conduct a review of safety regulations and guidelines in public schools.

Adopting the motion, the House urged the Federal Ministry of Education to set up guidelines for the operations of boarding schools across the country.

It mandated the IGP to take over the investigation, prosecution and punishment of the perpetrators of the identified heinous crimes.

The House also mandated its committees on education, youths development, women affairs, and that of social development to follow up with the investigation.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; editing by Muzha Kucha