The Secretary to Gombe State Government Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi has called for an effective Collaboration among critical stakeholders in the Education sector to address growing Security threat to institutions of learning in the country.
In a key note address titled ” Understanding and Mitigating the Challenge of insecurity in Nigeria” at the Annual National Conference of the Faculty of Education Bayaro University Kano ( BUK), Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi a former Vice Chancellor University of Maiduguri expressed concern over the negative consequences of insecurity to Educational Development in the Country.
Represented by the Director of Research and Documentation Government House Gombe, Dr Mu’azu Shehu, the former Vice Chancellor noted that records have shown that attacks by insurgents on Schools in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa has led to destruction of over 1500 Schools and the death of about 2,295 Students and displacement of 19,000 teachers.
Professor Njodi also disclosed that the Dimensions of insecurity includes, Boko Haram, insurgency, Kidnapping for Ransom, Banditry, Cultism, Drugs and Substance abuse have increasingly become a serious threat to Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Educational Institutions in the Country.
While noting that each Security threat requires Context- Specific measures to be prevented or controlled, Professor Njodi suggested Combination of risk assessment and threats, to Schools and Local Community Security initatives, and creation of Coordination of rapid response risk mitigation efforts.
In his address Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje express delight through which the keynote speakers explored the numerous security challenges facing the Education Sector and the workable solutions they proffer.
The Conference which attracted People from the Academia was graced by Governor Umar Ganduje and his Wife, Dr Sadiya Umar Ganduje amongst other dignitaries.
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