Ministry, military and international community decide to reopen schools – The Sun Nigeria
From Uche Usim, Abuja
The Ministry of Finance, military and security agencies and members of the international community have agreed to work hard to combat terrorism to reopen closed schools in various parts of the country for students to resume school.
The move, captured as part of the Safe School Initiative (SSI), was a collective decision made at a marked summit; castle and saving our schools, on the theme: “Protecting our children and our future”, and organized by the Emergency Coordination Center in Abuja on Thursday.
Attending were representatives from the United States and United Kingdom, other members of the international community, the Nigerian military, the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, among others.
It was agreed that the federal government would come up with a new policy to safeguard and protect schools nationwide.
Speaking at the event, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Ms. Zainab Ahmed, said the document was to be launched before the end of the third quarter of 2022, describing it as a renewed strategy aimed at securing Nigerian schools for safe and guaranteed learning. environment.
According to her, since the abduction of female students from Borno State Government Girls Secondary Chibok in 2014 by a group of Islamic terrorists, the federal government has devised measures to protect schools across the country.
She said the national plan will be implemented in phases beginning with the most at-risk states, local governments and schools’ host communities.
“This national plan is expected to be launched before the end of the 3rd quarter of 2022 and will clearly outline how Nigeria intends to protect its schools and other places of learning, so that our children can once again resume learning in a safer and more environmentally friendly environment. secured “.
“At the Federal Ministry of Finance and National Planning, we have established a committee made up of members drawn from relevant ministries, departments and agencies, including the Federal Ministry of Education, the military and other security agencies. The Committee has worked to gather input from relevant MDAs and develop a national safe schools funding plan”.
“The plan will incorporate state-level plans, as well as federal government sector plans, with a focus on ensuring adequate budget allocation to create a safe learning environment for teaching, learning and restoring trust in the education system,” she said.
The minister added that consultations were currently underway with states, local governments and other key government agencies, and the committee, she said, was also working to identify the most transparent, efficient and accountable ways. mobilize and deploy resources.
“The goal is to develop a strong costed collaboration that prioritizes a plan that would take the whole-of-society approach to school safety. The national plan will be implemented in phases beginning with the most at-risk states, local governments and school-host communities. This national plan is expected to be launched before the end of the 3rd quarter of 2022 and will clearly outline how Nigeria intends to protect its schools and other places of learning, so that our children can once again resume learning in a safer and more secure environment. the environment,” she added.
The minister reaffirmed the priority of the government in securing. the safety of schoolchildren, their teachers and host communities.
“Over the past few years, Nigeria has faced major security challenges, including attacks on schools and other places of learning. This has led to school closures in affected and most at-risk communities,” she said.
Earlier in his address, the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi intensified his efforts to empower teachers and provide a conducive learning environment for students in a bid to curb the vices of the insecure.