FUC teachers charged to make students security conscious
Teachers in the 104 Federal Unity Colleges across Nigeria have been charged to cultivate security consciousness in the minds of their students.
The charge, which was delivered by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arch Sonny Echono, comes on the heels of the recent abduction of 110 school girls from Daptchi in Yobe state.
Echono, who spoke at a sensitization meeting with the teachers on ‘Education in Emergency Preparedness and Response’ in Abuja, noted with regret the growing rate of insecurity in the country and by extension the schools,
A statement by the Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs Pricilla Ihuoma, said the Permanent Secretary was represented at the event by the Director of Tertiary Education in the Ministry Mr. Joel Ojo.
While stressing the urgent need to awaken security consciousness and preparedness in the school communities, Echono cited cases of fire outbreak, flooding, virus epidemic, kidnapping, building collapse and breakdown of law and order as some of the incidences recorded in the schools.
He particularly made references to the fire incident at Federal Government Colleges Efon- Alaye and Daura; as well as the recent virus epidemic at Queens College, Lagos “There is therefore the need to prepare staff and students for the unexpected” he said.
Earlier, the Director of Education Support Services, Mrs. Justina Ibe, said overwhelming student population and the absence of perimeter fencing in some of the Colleges increase their vulnerability.
Ibe said that the meeting would expose participants to measures to prevent and control emergencies, even as she said that experts had been drawn from relevant emergency management bodies as resource persons.
UNICEF representative, Dr. Judith Giwa-Amu, relived the unfortunate situation of a promising student of Government Girls Science College Dapchi, Yobe State; one Amina, whose hope of becoming a medical doctor has been dashed by her kidnap on February 19, 2018.
According to Giwa-Amu, if some measure of security consciousness was in place, the unfortunate incident may have been averted.