A Group of Nongovernmental Organisation, Development Research and Project Center (DRPC), Ford Foundation and Civil Society Organizations in Kebbi State have called on the state government for immediate redeployment combine security outpost in schools outside cities to ensure the protection of schools and students.
The Spokesperson for the group and Coordinator Development Research and Project Center, Ibrahim Ngaski, made the appeal while briefing newsmen in Birnin Kebbi.
The Coordinator stated that the group advocated for the Kebbi State Government to order for the suspension of farming activities within and outside school compounds and if necessary should be done 100 meters from the schools.
He called on the state government to also provide parameter fence to schools where there is none so as to intensify security in schools especially boarding schools to prevent attack from criminals.
According to him, the group advised that, the state government should make sure that, security operatives to be deployed to schools are well armed to enable them discharge their responsibility effectively.
The group however called on the state government and it’s ministry of education, School Based Management Committee (SBMC) and Schools Management to put in place monitoring and evaluation mechanism and to ensure the establishment of internal security system and School Safety Clubs in all public secondary schools to ensure safety.
The Nigerian government during it’s National Executive Council meeting in March 2019 was given approval to put in place a National Policy to guide the implementation of Safe School Declaration nationwide.
Reporting by Abdullahi Tukur; editing Marian Benjamin