The Federal Government has urged schools across the federation to be vigilant and to report any security threat to the nearest security agency.
Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, stated this on Monday in an interview with The PUNCH.
He said that the federal government could not secure every school in the country.
Responding to a question on what the FG was doing to protect schools from bandits and kidnappers, the minister said, “Eternal vigilance is the price for security. Every nation is always concerned about the consciousness of its people. The Federal Government cannot secure every house. Everybody needs to be vigilant. We have passed this message to all our schools so that anywhere they are, if there is any threat, they know the nearest security agency to contact.”
The minister who boasted that virtually all schools in the country were adequately fenced, added that vigilance is the key to putting an end to the recent spare of school abductions.
“Almost all the schools in Nigeria, whether private or owned by the Federal Government, are mostly all fenced, except maybe some state schools.
“As you may also be aware, even if you put up a fence, these people (bandits) have been known to come through gates.
“So, perimeter fencing, by themselves, are not too effective. The security consciousness is the thing. If you hear where some of them are being held, you will know that it is a question of self-consciousness and communities informing officials on time,” Nnajiuba said.