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Minister wants security tightened at schools to thwart terror

19 September 2014, 06:57Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, has directed heads of various institutions across the country to ensure maximum security in schools to check possible attacks by hoodlums.

Speaking in Kano during a sympathy visit to the Federal College of Education (FCE),  which insurgents attacked on Wednesday and killed at least 15 people and wounded several others, the minister expressed hope that security agencies in the state and other parts of the country would continue to give useful advice to schools to ensure maximum security in the institutions.

He said the issue of security was not the affair of only Federal, State or local governments or communities but the responsibility of everybody.  

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"We hope heads of various schools across the country will come up with some stringent measures for maximum security in their respective schools and it is unfortunate that the trend we are witnessing is that institutions of learning are being targeted,” he said.

He stressed the need for the college to take stringent measures towards enhancing security in the school.

“I believe this incident will not deter our people from pursuing their studies because we see it as a challenge to whoever is concern to provide maximum security to our schools,” Shekarau added.

He also condoled with the staff, students and management of the college over the attack, prayed God to give the families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. He wished the injured speedy recovery and commended the Federal Government for sending the delegation to college.

Schools have over the years been a target for the Boko Haram insurgency. Hundreds of learners have been killed while recently, more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted in Borno State.

- CAJ News


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