NSCDC To Guard Northeast Schools
It is already one month since at least 110 girls were abducted from Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) in Dapchi Yobe State.
It is also time for the government to take drastic measure to end abductions.
Security lapses had been blamed for the abduction and President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the deployment of officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) to secondary schools in the northeast region to guard them.
To get a better understanding of the terrain before deployments are made, the Commandant General of the NSCDC, Mohammadu Abdullahi, is on a tour of the region.
Adamawa State, which is one of the states that have witnessed attacks by terrorists, was the first he visited.
What he saw at Government Girls Secondary School Gombi in Gombi Local Government Area was shocking and detrimental to efforts to keep students safe.
Mr Abdullahi was shocked to see that the school, which has been in existence since 1976, had no fence.
In another school, the Government Secondary School Hong in Hong Local Government Area of Adamawa State, the NSCDC Commandant General said: “My call to the state government is to intervene especially in terms of feeding, since it is a boarding school”.
It was observed that the students needed food and one other request one of the principals made was for the government to consider fencing the school.
Assuring the officials of the safety of everyone within the school Mr Abdullahi said: “The President has said we should come and provide security. What happened in Chibok and Dapchi, should not happen here.
“That is why we have sent our men to come and guard here. We have our men in front of your schools with their arms 24 hours so that you will study under a very conducive and secure atmosphere. Your principal has told us the little problems you have, I’ll make sure that it is addressed”.
He, however, decried the poor state of the schools, but however, promised to forward his findings to President Buhari to ensure that all their complaints were resolved.