The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps’ Commandant General, Ahmed Audi, initiated the Safe School Response Team to safeguard schools against various forms of threats in the North-Central region.
This launch occurred during a one-day sensitization workshop held in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.
The aim was to engage key stakeholders in understanding the National Safe School Response Coordination Centre’s role in Nigeria’s Safe School Project.
Audi emphasized the Federal Government’s commitment by placing the coordination of this project under the agency’s purview.
The collaborative team, comprising personnel from the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Services, and others, will closely collaborate to tackle the surge in attacks on schools, students, and educators across six states in the region and the Federal Capital Territory.
Expressing optimism, the CG believed that effective implementation of this initiative would alleviate the burden of out-of-school children in the region. He urged stakeholders to support this project to enable security agencies to attain their objectives.
Highlighting the initiative’s genesis, Audi reiterated the significant threats faced by educational institutions in Nigeria, citing a decade-long trend of deliberate violence and infrastructure destruction. He emphasized the risks associated with prolonged absence from school, stressing the centre’s role in coordinating safety and security measures against violence within schools and their surrounding communities.
Audi also noted the centre’s success in foiling around 48 planned school attacks through concerted efforts. He described the workshop as part of the ongoing advocacy and sensitization programs aimed at garnering support and collaboration to combat school violence, a menace that has deprived numerous children of education for an extended period.
Additionally, the Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, represented by his deputy, Emmanuel Akabe, pledged support by donating a building to facilitate the smooth launch of the NSSRCC project within the state.