The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi has called on members and stakeholders at the National Safe Schools Response Coordination Centre, NSSRCC to provide expert support to the centre for effective implementation and success of the Safe Schools Programme.
The CG made the call during the inauguration of a 21-member Technical Advisory Committee, TAC, of the National Safe Schools Response Coordination Centre at the Corps Headquarters, Abuja.
Dr Audi stated that the safe schools programme had become necessary considering the importance of education on human capital development and the overall national development, thus making it expedient for government to deploy extraordinary measures to tackle the spate of attacks on school facilities in Nigeria.
He called on members of the Technical Advisory Committee to maximally support the centre for effective implementation and success of the safe Schools Programme.
Dr Audi noted that the national plan on safe schools was put in place to facilitate the prevention of attacks and effective protection of schools and host communities.
In an address, Commander of the centre, Tersoo Shaapera said the inauguration of TAC was necessary to gain and use the knowledge, expertise and experience of every agency represented in the committee to the advantage of the center.
Members of the committee were drawn from government security agencies, Federal ministries and other critical stakeholders which includes representatives of Secretary to the Government of the Federation Chief of Defence Staff, National Security Adviser, Inspector General of Police, Director General, Department of State Security, National Intelligence Agency, Ministries of Education, Defence, Finance, Budget and National Planning.
Other stakeholders represented in the committee include the Governors Forum, National Emergency Management Agency, NAPTIP, Ministries of Justice, Interior, Humanitarian Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Civil Society Organisation, Defence Intelligence Agency, Independent Consultants and the NSCDC CG as the chairman.
PR/ Nkiru Njemanze EDITED BY GRACE NAMIJI
Written by: Kevin Nwabueze