The Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ahmed Audi, has lamented that violent attacks on schools resulted in the killing of about 2,295 teachers and displacement of 19,000 others in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states between 2009 and 2018.
He added that an estimated 1,500 schools had been destroyed since 2014, with over 1,280 casualties among teachers and students.
The CG revealed this at the flag-off ceremony of the National School Security and Emergency Response Centre in Abuja on Monday.
He said, “Statistics however show that about 2, 295 teachers have been killed and 19,000 others displaced in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states between 2009 and 2018 alone while an estimated 1, 500 schools had been destroyed since 2014, with over 1,280 casualties among teachers and students.
“These violent attacks have a negative effect on teaching and learning thereby reversing our sustainable national development efforts.”
He stated that with the spate of attacks on schools in the country, there is the need for the Federal Government to take extraordinary measures to tackle the menace.
“In view of the importance of education and human capital development towards overall national development, it has become expedient for the Federal Government to deploy extraordinary measures to tackle the spate of attacks on school facilities in Nigeria. Such effort is the commitment and endorsement by the Federal Government of Nigeria to ensure that all Nigerian schools become safe and secured for uninterrupted teaching and learning activities.
“Accordingly, in the consideration for a multi-sectorial working group, the NSCDC has been made the lead agency with the mandate to host the National Safe Schools Response and Coordination Centre.”