Emmanuel Ocheja, Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Osun State, has urged teachers in the state not to abuse pupils sexually.
The commandant said this when the pupils of Stallion Academy, Ring Road Osogbo paid a courtesy visit in his office at the Osun State Command Headquarters of the command on March 24, 2022.
Spokesperson of the NSCDC in the state, Atanda Olabisi in a statement issued on Friday said Ocheja further urged teachers and school owners to prioritize the education of pupils and students in their care so as to assist them to achieve their full potential in life, to be good citizens and contribute positively to nation-building.
The Commandant reiterated the mandates of the Corps in providing security for students while in school and ensuring that no child is abused.
Ocheja warned teachers who may be engaging in child abuse to desist from such an act, stating the Child Right Act that has been domesticated in the state has enough provisions to prosecute anyone found guilty of any form of child abuse.
He also enjoined the pupils to always speak out anytime they are abused by anyone. He advised pupils to “report any form of abuse to your teachers and parents and be rest assured that NSCDC will not spare anyone that abuses you, I will make sure the person face the full wrath of the law”.
The Osun NSCDC boss also took the time to explain the core mandates of NSCDC to the pupils. With an emphasis on the protection of lives and property, Commandant Ocheja enlightened them on the importance of proactive intelligence information and safety measures. He told the pupils they were not too young to contribute to the security of the country by giving relevant information to security agencies.
In order to encourage the visiting pupils, Miss Ayomikun Omotola, a seven-year-old emerged as a 2-minute Osun State Commandant. She was privileged to sit on the Commandant’s seat, give orders to other pupils in attendance amongst other entertainment activities.
In her appreciation remarks on behalf of the children, the school coordinator, Mrs Oladayo Adekoya commended Commandant Ocheja for his passion for children.
She said the school remained resolute in ensuring the provision of quality education and protection of its students.