The Nigeria Security And Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says over 60,000 schools across the country are not secured and are vulnerable to attacks.
The Commandant General of the Corps, Dr Ahmed Audi stated this when he played host to the Senior Safe School Adviser, Safe the Children Norway, at the National Safe School Response Coordination Center in Abuja.
Dr Audi said the report was based on vulnerability survey carried out by NSCDC in schools across the country.
Dr. Audi represented by the Deputy Commandant General in charge of General Administration, Ibrahim Zakari, said the setting up of the National Safe School Response Emergency Center by the corps was to work alongside relevant stakeholders to make the school environment more safer and free from incessant attacks .
“I want to commend you for the good work you are doing in Nigeria . I learnt the center has been in operation for over one hundred years , since 2011 you have been working in seventeen out of the thirty six States in the country tirelessly working for the right of children . The idea behind setting up the National Safe School Response Emergency Center was to address the incessant attacks on schools and kidnapping of school children “.he noted.
The Senior Safe School Adviser, Safe the Children, Norway, Samar Albarghouti, who appreciated the effort of the NSCDC and the Nigerian government for actions being taken for ensuring a more secure school environment in the country, said the visit was to strengthen collaboration to achieve a more greater result.
“We have great capacity and competence and I am pretty sure that it going to be a great future for Nigeria children ” She said.
The Commander National Safe School Security and Emergency centre, Dr Tersoo Shaapera who noted that the Center had developed a National Plan to finance safe school project to ensure safer and more secured learning environment for all Nigerian schools.
Reporting by Ibrahim Shuaibu; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Adeniyi Bakare