Attacks on schools: NSCDC releases survey on nationwide vulnerability

Following the spate of attacks and kidnapping of students in schools across the country, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has conducted a vulnerability survey of all schools in the country across the six geopolitical zones, states, senatorial districts and local governments.

NSCDC Commandant General Dr Ahmed Audi stated this while briefing corps personnel at the National Headquarters Abuja on his policies and programs to reenergise the service. 

Audi said data showed “a very high level of vulnerability of some schools in different parts of the country,” but expressed confidence that the data obtained from the survey conducted had become a veritable tool for the Corps in carrying out the serious assignment.

In a statement released Wednesday in Abuja by Director, Public Relations, DCC Olusola Odumosu, said the Corps Female Squad unveiled recently had been deployed to patrol different schools to curtail the attack. 

The statement said the CG also ordered all State Commandants to set up the female squad in all the 36 state commands and the Federal Capital Territory.

The NSCDC boss further said “the safe school initiative is a project that the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is very passionate about as it concerns the safety of our school children and he has charged him as a matter of urgency to develop a template to end this nightmare.” 

“There is need to roll out policies and programs that will constantly boost the morale of personnel to put in their best. I will make sure that all entitlements and operational allowances for the Rapid Response Squad, Female squad and any other assignments given to any personnel are paid so that we can prove to Nigerians that we are back again.

“This is a very serious assignment and there is need for effective execution across board, I shall ensure effective deployment of personnel to protect our schools and restore the confidence of students, teachers and parents alike; the glory of our educational system must be restored because upon this lies the future of this country.”

On the welfare of the staff, the Commandant General assured that very soon, all outstanding promotion arrears would be paid, adding that “Nigerians will start seeing the Female Squad in action as the Corps is planning to work with the Federal Ministry of Education to work out modalities for providing adequate security coverage for all schools in the country to checkmate the incessant attacks and invasion of schools by bandits and kidnappers in different parts of the country.”