The Federal Government has said it cannot secure every house in the country and asked Nigerians to be vigilant at all times so as to put an end to attacks on schools and the abduction of students.
Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Minister of State for Education, stated this in an interview with Punch on Monday.
The minister, who stressed the need for vigilance by concerned stakeholders, said the government has directed schools to report any security threat to the nearest security agency.
He said: “Eternal vigilance is the price for security. Every nation is always concerned about the consciousness of its people. The Federal Government cannot secure every house. Everybody needs to be vigilant. We have passed this message to all our schools so that anywhere they are, if there is any threat, they know the nearest security agency to contact.”
According to the minister, almost all the schools in the country whether private or government-owned are fenced, but noted that the fence will not deter bandits from having access into the schools because they are known to come through the gates.
He, therefore, advised that security consciousness and reporting to security agencies of possible threats could save the day.
“Almost all the schools in Nigeria, whether private or owned by the Federal Government, are mostly all fenced, except maybe some state schools.
“As you may also be aware, even if you put up a fence, these people (bandits) have been known to come through gates.
“So, perimeter fencing, by themselves, are not too effective. The security consciousness is the thing. If you hear where some of them are being held, you will know that it is a question of self-consciousness and communities informing officials on time,” he added.
The minister’s advice is coming following repeated attacks on schools and abductions of students and teachers in Kaduna state.
The latest was the abduction of three teachers from the Universal Basic Education (UBE) Primary School located at Rama, a village in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Also on Sunday, security agents foiled an attempted abduction of 307 students of Government Science Secondary School in Ikara Local Government Area of Kaduna State.