By Ibrahim Abubakar, Yola
Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Adamawa has trained 900 personnel under its Safe School Initiative to protect schools from attacks.
Ibrahim Mainasara, NSCDC’s commander in the state, disclosed this in commemoration of 2023 International Day to protect education against attack organised by Education In Emergency Working Group and the Adamawa government in Yola on Saturday.
Mainasara, who was represented by the command’s public relations officer, Dimas Billed, said that the corps is doing everything possible to guarantee a secured learning environment from the national down to the states.
According to him, 400 personnel were recently trained in Borno and another 500 currently undergoing training in Benue.
In his remarks, Garba Pella, Commissioner, ministry of education, said attack on education is a violation of human rights and a direct assault on the potential of future generations.
Pella, who was represented by deputy director of basic education, Samuel Bello, said whenever schools are bombed, teachers are threatened and students are denied the opportunity to learn.
The commissioner urged stakeholders to redouble their efforts in ensuring that educational institutions are sanctuaries of learning, free from harm and fear.
Fatima Belel, executive director, Fabel Foundation for Youth and Women, called on the government to prioritise welfare of teachers and provide safe and hygienic places for girls to clean themselves when in menstruation.
Earlier, in the ceremony, speaker children’s parliament Aisha Umar, who delivered a speech on behalf of the students in Yola, called for the building of fences around all schools in the country to protect students against abduction.
NSCDC Command’s Public Relations Officer, Dimas Billed
Speaker Children’s Parliament Aisha Umar
Samuel Bello, Deputy Director, Basic Education
Fatima Belel, Executive Director, Fabel Foundation