South-West govts. tighten security at schools

Following the spate of mass kidnapping of students in the northern part of the country, governments of south-western states have activated structures to tighten security around their schools.

Reports from each of the South-West States showed that both formal and informal security outfits are being strengthened to ward-off possible serious security breaches that manifested in the mass abductions in the North.

The Lagos State government said it had taken measures to ensure that the kidnapping of students happening in the north of the country does not occur in the State.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, who disclosed this while speaking to newsmen yesterday, gave the assurance that the State was on top of ensuring that schools in the state do not fall prey to such incidents anymore.

The Ondo State government also said it has taken some measures to guard against abduction of students in the state. Part of the actions, it said, is the intensification of surveillance on the state’s forests and waterways.

In the same vein, the Ogun State government has constituted a 22- man committee towards safeguarding schools across the state. Its State’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, said the committee’s mandate is to proffer solutions to security problems in schools.

Also, Governor Seyi Makinde, of Oyo State, inaugurated the State’s security Task Force during the week, with the key assignment of the taskforce being the safety of schools and students.

In Osun State, the government is also making every necessary arrangement to protect all schools there. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Jamiu Olawumi, revealed that the State government had just inaugurated Boards of Governors, who are old students of their respective schools, to be able to perform effectively towards securing the schools.

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