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Insecurity: Students are safe in FCT schools - Abdulrazaq

Mar, 2021 | By Kabiru Musa | ||

Moving to douse any budding tension over security of their children and wards in schools, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA)'s Education Secretariat has sent a firm assurance to parents, guardians and stakeholders of the safety of their young ones. The assurance was given by Acting Director, Administration and Finance, of the Secretariat, Mallam Leramoh Abdulrazaq, following release of a routine strategic school security initiative known as School Security Guidelines Watch (SSGW).

According to Mallam Abdulrazaq, reports of insecurity in schools in some neighboring states necessitated the intensification of efforts to secure FCT schools by being proactive and putting in place practical measures to avert such in the nation's capital. He recalled that ahead of the current security concerns last December, FCTA organized a security meeting for all boarding school principals, stakeholders and various security personnel as well as traditional rulers where they engaged in robust discussions on how to tighten security in FCT schools.

Abdulrazaq explained that, the resolutions reached at that meeting received speedy attention from the Administration. He said though no security breach has been recorded in FCT schools, but as custodians of students the authorities have left no stone unturned to ensure a safe learning and teaching environment since resumption of schools following the Covid-19 lockdown last year.

The Acting Director therefore assured parents, guardians and stakeholders of the safety of their wards at school, further advising them on the need to complement Government's efforts and sustain the various safety measures FCTA already has in place as security is everybody's business. The Acting Director reiterated the commitment of Education Secretariat to continue to place the safety of students and staff as key priority, saying "we are not unmindful of emerging challenges as we are also able to respond to such situations appropriately." Stressing that FCT schools are safe, he remarked that ''our teachers are teaching effectively while the students are learning in a safe environment and the authorities are intensifying efforts to ensure security is further enhanced.''

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