Stories by Stanley Onyekwere
The FCT Administration has declared that there is no any reason to shutdown schools in Abuja, the nation’s capital city, even in the wake of the prevailing insecurity in the country.
In particular, the administration said necessary security measures have been put in place, to ensure that any security concern in any school will be addressed immediately.
Our correspondent reports that the management of the Education Secretariat of the FCTA made the assertion while briefing newsmen on the alleged closure of schools over rising insecurity, yesterday in Abuja.
According to Acting Secretary of the Education Secretariat, Mallam Leramoh Abdulrazaq, there was no need to be unduly concern about the security situation in schools in the Territory.
Abdulrazaq reiterated that all the security outfits in Abuja have been taking measures to ensure that not only schools, but even Abuja remain safe.
“Security concerns are around particularly with the announcement last week by the neighbouring state’s governor, that insurgents are already camping around places- two hours drive from Abuja. And that piece of information on its own has created a lot of tension.
“In FCT, we are aware that of this concern, and even prior to that announcement, we have taken a lot of security measure to ensure that FCT schools remain safe, and the students and teachers remain safe.
“As we speak today, all our schools are in session, and no school; either public and private in FCT is shutdown. And we don’t have any reason to shutdown any of our schools”, he explained.
He continues: “We also need to know that some of the institutions in FCT and across the country are going on break after their first semester exams particularly private institutions. This is the case with Veritas University and others like Baze University.
“And the authorities of these schools have also taken measures to ensure that their schools remain safe. So in the FCT, we have no security issue to the point that we close down our schools.
“We consider it necessary to make this available to the public, and advise them to go about their business without being unnecessarily agitated about the situation in our schools. Our schools remain safe, our children and teachers remain safe.”