Attack on students: Senate probes $20m Safe School Initiative Fund

The Senate has mandated the Committees on Schooling (Fundamental and Secondary) and Tertiary Establishments and TETFUND to research the utilization of over $20 million (USD) funding proposed and budgeted for the initiative through the years.

The probe would cowl monies donated by international governments and companies to the initiative.

On Tuesday, the higher chamber thought of a movement on the “Pressing want for the Restoration and Revalidation of the Protected College Initiative in Nigeria.”

The sponsor, Senator Stephen Adi Odey (PDP – Cross River North) recalled that the initiative was launched in 2014 to advertise security of scholars, academics, and college services in 2014.

He decried the kidnap of Chibok and Dapchi College women in Borno and Yobe States, Kankara College Boys in Katsina State and the current abduction of scholars and employees of Authorities Science Faculty, Kagara in Rafilga Native Authorities Space of Niger State.

The lawmaker mentioned the incidences have created destructive publicity for Nigeria with the attendance lack of confidence by international traders.

Odey expressed confidence that the total implementation of the Protected College Initiative will guarantee international requirements in Nigeria’s academic sector via the employment of certified academics in addition to provision of libraries and laboratories.

Senate Deputy Whip, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC – Niger North) noticed that the current kidnappings of faculty youngsters by bandits has resulted in college students lacking out on training.

“This movement could be very well timed, particularly coming on the heels of the final incident of the kidnap of faculty youngsters from Kagara Authorities Science Secondary College. No matter is being completed to dissuade mother and father from sending their youngsters to highschool is one thing that we should take significantly”, Abdullahi mentioned.

Senator Orker Jev (PDP – Benue North West) warned that the spate of kidnappings of scholars would have an antagonistic impact on the standard of studying and training in Nigeria.

He mentioned the state of affairs can solely be addressed when normal insecurity is nipped within the bud.

Senator Good Adeyemi (APC – Kogi West) careworn that the welfare of faculty youngsters should proceed to be a authorities precedence in order to safe their future.

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, suggested the Nationwide Council on Schooling to provide you with insurance policies and pointers that might guarantee the security of scholars nationwide.

Lawan advocated adjustment of faculty constructing plans. He referred to as for the perimeter fencing and fortified entrances to the premises, school rooms and dormitories.

“That’s the place the Nationwide Council on Schooling would are available in. Let it’s a nationwide coverage that each state authorities and the federal authorities ought to have these sorts of secured environments.

“The previous British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, got here to Nigeria and mentioned there was $20million that was for the protected college initiative. He was the driving force of that initiative when President Goodluck Jonathan held sway. Our Committee ought to discover out the implementation that came about. What occurred? Why is it stalled?”, Lawan mentioned.

Assault on college students: Senate probes $20m Protected College Initiative Fund

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