The minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has stated that the Federal government was doing its best to protect schools against constant attacks by bandits.
According to Punch Newspaper, the Minister however warned that school owners will have to be vigilant as the government can’t keep an eye on all schools.
“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.”
“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.”
There has been a call for a modern, techy security apparatus that can help deal with this ugly trend.