The Adamawa State Government has engaged the services of local hunters and vigilantes to protect schools.
The state Commissioner for Education, Wilbina Jackson who announced this on Thursday in Yola, said the neighbourhood guards would be complementing the work of other security agents to prevent abductors and other criminals from attacking schools across the state.
Speaking during the commemoration of the Day to Protect Education against Attack in Adamawa, organised jointly by her ministry and the Education in Emergencies Working Group Nigeria, the Commissioner said the government is leaving nothing to chance in protecting its schools and students.
Recalling that the government recently suspended boarding facilities in schools, the commissioner said the engagement of local hunters and vigilantes was an additional safety measure for students.
“We deboarded schools to make students attend classes from the safety of their homes and now we want to protect the day schools from activities of attackers who have gone to work in some parts of this country,” she said.
Also speaking, the Adamawa State Focal Person of the Education in Emergencies Working Group, Mr Medugu Stephen, said his organisation is working with the government and other stakeholders in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe to ensure that schools remain open for students irrespective of any emergencies.
“We are working in the area of seeing that education continues even in emergencies such as abductions going on in parts of the country,” he said.
Students of the Federal Government Girls College, Yola, who featured in the event, urged the government to fence schools as part of measures to protect students.
Miss Wusayamba Markus who delivered a speech on behalf of the students, also pleaded for the provision of steady electricity within and outside school premises to deter criminals who flourish under the cover of darkness.