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Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, and the Nigerian Union of Teachers have lamented terrorist and bandit attacks on schools in the country, calling for serious efforts to prevent the education sector from total collapse.
The governor spoke on Wednesday at the 58th National Delegates’ Conference of the NUT in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
He spoke on the theme of the conference, “Terrorism and attack on schools: Effects on education and Nigeria’s economy.”
Bagudu said, “The challenges being experienced in many countries including Nigeria are worrisome enough for attacks on schools to be added to them.
“I call for international collaboration. There should be international outrage against it.”
The President of NUT, Audu Amba, said the union in its bid to draw attention to the precarious issue of insecurity and its toll on the nation’s education sector, chose the theme and called on the government to provide security in schools in the country
He said, “Insecurity in and around our schools is antithetical to the effective delivery of education. The school system in Nigeria has suffered attacks by terrorists and bandits, leading to the displacement or death of some teachers and learners.
“It is pertinent to note that the importance of education as the bedrock of national development will be a mirage if the nation’s education system fails to provide a safe and conducive environment for teaching and learning.”
The Registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, said attacks on the school were not restricted to primary and secondary schools only, saying higher institutions had not been spared.
Ajiboye, while quoting a United Nations report said 1,436 children were abducted from schools in Nigeria between January and September 2021.
He said, “These attacks on schools have left explosive remnants of war at or near schools, including unexploded mortars or artillery shells. Instilled fear in the minds of students and parents and thereby reduce school enrolment and learning outcome in children, abducted female teachers and students become sex slaves and suicide bombers.”