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Reps urge Gombe to beef up security in schools

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Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, has urged the Gombe State Government to beef up security in the state’s schools.

Ihonvbere, who said the committee members were in the state on oversight functions, made this disclosure on Friday, during a courtesy visit to the governor, Muhammadu Yahaya, at the Government House.

According to Ihonvbere, the security agents should help beef up security around basic education institutions within and around the state.

“We have been to so many states where the schools are without perimeter fencing, no playground, no water, no toilet, dilapidated classrooms with students sitting on bare floor in 2021. A few other states will need to copy your example. It shows your commitment to building the capacity of teachers no matter the challenges.

We know perimeter fencing tends to be more expensive than the main building. As a result, many governors tend to run away from it. Thank you for your efforts, the perimeter fencing is the first line of defence for the children in school. We have been to states where roads pass through the schools as well as to schools where people come to hawk alcoholic drinks within the premises.”

He called on the state government to liaise with the various security agencies to enhance security of the schools in the state.

“The only thing left is to liaise with the Nigerian Legion, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, or any other special arrangements, so that the entrance of the schools will not be exposed to miscreants.”

Culled from Punch

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