Lagos deploys armed guards to schools to check kidnapping

The Lagos State Government on Friday said it is to commence the deployment of day and night guards to enhance security in public schools across the state.

The Deputy Gov., Dr Idiat Adebule, who also doubles as the Commissioner for Education, disclosed this at a meeting with the Head Teachers of primary schools and Principals of secondary schools in the state.

Adebule said that the issue of security had been the state government’s point of discussion since schools vacated on July 11.

”Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the deployment of officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as day and night guards in our schools.

”And since the Federal Government has approved arms-bearing for officers of NSCDC, they will be complementing the police and other security agencies in tackling insecurity in our public schools, especially the schools located in the riverine and coastal areas.

”The government has also completed the construction of a watchtower with alarm systems at the Lagos Model College, Igbonla, Epe.

”Two Hilux vehicles have been deployed to the police by the Ministry of Education for regular and effective patrol in Epe and Badagry areas. More will still be deployed to other areas.

”These are the various strategies the state government has been putting in place to ensure that our schools are ready and safe for resumption on Monday, Sept. 11, ” she said.

Reading out security tips to the school managers, Mr Imohimi Edgal, Acting Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, said that partnership with local communities was key to creating safer schools for learning and development.

Edgal urged head teachers and principals of schools to familiarise themselves with the people in the community and the police stations, to enhance information and intelligence gathering, as well as boost community policing.

”Achieving safety in our schools requires the collective efforts of all. The police will continue to work very hard to ensure that all schools are protected and safe for our students,” he added.

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