BY TEMI OHAKWE, ABUJA – The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), has called on the Federal Government to as a matter of necessity, declare a state of emergency on security situation in the country.
The NUT further advised the Federal Government to deploy the full weight of the nation’s security apparatus to ensure the safe return of all abducted students and teachers of Government Science School, Kagara.
The Union in a statement by its Secretary General, Mike Ike Ene, states; “the current strategy deployed by the security agencies fall short of expectation following the Kagara abduction which occurred while the nation is yet to fully contend with the December, 2020 abduction of students in Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina state”.
It also said that steps must be taken to completely eliminate all forms of security threats to schools across the country.
The Union reiterated that teaching and learning can only be guaranteed in an atmosphere of safety and security; adding that; “It has become imperative for all tiers of government to put all hands on deck. We therefore call on state governors to use part of their security voters to employ alternate security service to complement existing security agencies in policing our schools”.
The NUT warned that if the security situation in Nigerian schools and colleges are not guaranteed, it would not hesitate to withdraw the services of teachers in the affected states of the federation.
Some students and teachers of Government Science Secondary School, Kagara in Niger State were abducted in the early hours of Wednesday, February 17, 2021.