Nigeria Security and Civil Defence has ordered the immediate deployment of undercover agents to schools and host communities to enhance security in schools nationwide.
NSCDC Commandant General, Ahmed Abubakar Audi, gave the order in Kaduna at the closing ceremony of a five-day capacity building on Safe School Response.
Recall that over 170 participants from various commands attended the five-day capacity building, which was organised by the National Safe Schools Response Coordination Centre.
But at the closing ceremony, CG Audi noted that the NSCDC would partner with the ministry of education in each state and local education authorities for the successful implementation of the directive.
He said the capacity building is to strengthen the resilience of relevant stakeholders, including vigilante groups, retired security personnel, host communities and serving personnel of NSCDC.
He explained that the programme was to imbue in them all strategies and knowledge on how to provide protection for schools and host communities from violence and attacks.
Audi, who was represented by ACG Training and Capacity Building, David Abi, said that the NSSRCC was a critical component of the implementation strategy of the National Plan on Safe Schools.
He said that the plan was developed by the government to mobilise synergy among security agencies and relevant stakeholders towards schools’ protection.
The CG acknowledged the rising cases of attacks and violence on schools in Nigeria and its attendant negative impacts, including increasing the rate of out of school children in the country.
He said, “The strategic plan is based on the whole-of-society approach with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps as the lead agency.
“The Corps is also hosting the headquarters of the Centre, saddled with the responsibility of coordinating safety and security response for schools and host communities in collaboration with all security agencies and other relevant stakeholders.”