Sunday, 3 August 2014

Boko Haram: Attacks on schools senseless —FG

THE Federal Government has described the incessant attacks on schools and students by the Boko Haram insurgents as senseless and reprehensible.
The Minister of State for Education, Barrister Nyesom Wike and the Special Assistant to the President on Students and Youth Affairs, Mr. Jude Imagwe, spoke against the backdrop of the recent bombing of Kano State Polytechnic and the Chibok schoolgirls that are still being held captive by the sect.
Speaking at a one-day National Examination and Ethics for students and Safe School Summit, they called on stakeholders to take all necessary steps to prevent the risks of attacks in schools across the country.
The Minister who was represented by his Special Assistant, Mr. Lambert Opara expressed concern that schools and children have become primary target of terrorists in the country.
He said: “There is need to ensure maximum safety for our schools
and children. It is imperative that we take all necessary actions to prevent this.
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“It was this that necessitated the launching of the safe school initiative manual to make and secure all schools for effective and uninterrupted teaching and learning to take place.”
He assured Nigerians that President Goodluck Jonathan was committed to the safe school project.
He called on Nigerians to continually support Mr President to eliminate the activities of the insurgents across the country.
Wike said that the war against terrorism was a collective responsibility of all patriotic citizens.
“We must all rise above partisan or sectoral interest and join Mr President to confront and rescue our country from the scourge of terrorism,” he said.
He urged Nigerians not to rest until the threats of insecurity in schools are completely eliminated.
Mr. Jude Imagwe, in his remark said it was unfortunate that innocent lives of students who are future leaders of the nation are being wasted by the unwarranted attacks of the terrorists.
He said the situation where lives of the innocent but promising youth are short-lived after their parents would have invested heavily on their education must be condemned totally.
Imagwe, however, called on the students and indeed all Nigerians to be vigilant and be concerned about their environment.
Meanwhile, the president aide has accused some parents of aiding and abetting examination malpractices at basic level of education in the country.
Jude Imagwe, said the havoc examination malpractice has done to the school system in Nigeria could not be over emphasised.

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