The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has urged owners of schools to provide enough security in their schools.
The NEMA South West Zonal Coordinator, Alhaji Iyiola Akande, made the appeal while presenting relief materials to the Unity College, Ikire, Osun State.
There was a fire outbreak in the school, which resulted in the burning of two hostels.
Akande said, “The fire, which destroyed two hostels of the school within two days could be traced to mischief. This is what NEMA observed in its Need Assessments of the disaster.”
“There is the need for the authorities to take critical action to get safer school construction right the first time around.
“Perimeter fencing and professional security guards are important to mitigate the vulnerability of the schools and the students.”
He also noted that the NEMA Director -General, Alhaji Muhammad Sani-Sidi, had directed that relief materials be transported directly to the affected disaster communities to ensure that the victims received assistance on time.
The Principal of the college, Mr. Ade Odewale, who lauded NEMA for the gesture, noted that the provision of alternative facilities for the displaced pupils ensured that there was no disruption of their studies.