The Northern Governors’ Forum has said the abduction of students from Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, is an attempt to frustrate the region’s young indigenes from enrolling in schools.
This was made known in a statement issued by Simon Lalong, Chairman of the NGF and Governor of Plateau State, on Wednesday.
According to the NGF’s statement signed by Makut Macham, Director of Press and Press Affairs to Governor Lalong, the Northern governors expressed sadness over the development and described the incident as “a deliberate plot to deprive the region of education”.
The statement read: “We totally condemn the abduction of the school children who did nothing wrong than go to school to seek education. This is a sad and reprehensible act that must not be tolerated whatever the motive of the criminals.
“It is an act that further compounds the efforts to enroll more children into schools particularly in the Northern region where illiteracy is very high and enrolment is gradually appreciating after sustained efforts by Government and development partners.”
The governors sympathised with the parents and families of the victims, urging them not to lose hope even as they go through this traumatic period.
They also said they will collectively work in solidarity with their colleague, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State, to ensure that the present dilemma is resolved and that those behind this unfortunate development are apprehended and brought to book.