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Jigawa apologises to ABU over students evacuation

27 June 2012, 12:22

Jigawa - The Jigawa Government has apologised to the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, over the evacuation of students of the state origin from the institution without informing the authorities.

The state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Haruna Wakili, tendered the apology on Wednesday in Dutse.

He was reacting to media reports credited to ABU that the governments of Jigawa and Rivers had evacuated their students without informing the university authorities.

Wakili explained that the government’s action was in response to distress calls received from the students that they were unsafe.

He stated that no responsible government or parent would ignore such calls especially with the current insecurity situation in the country.

``It is true that we did not inform the school authority before we took our children from the school.

``It was due to the calls and text messages we received that they were not safe in school because of the crisis in Kaduna State.

 ``I wish to apologise on behalf of the government to ABU, Zaria, for our action,’’ he said.

 Wakili said that the government had earlier informed the security operatives in the state who further alerted their counterparts in Kaduna that the state government would evacuate its students in ABU, Zaria.

The commissioner added that it was a duty of any responsible government ``to protect its citizens wherever they are.''



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