July 14, 2014 – Lagos State Government has advised principals and head teachers of secondary and primary schools in the state to be safety and security conscious in their schools, warning that they must only release their students after closing to parents/wards who are known for dropping and picking them from school.
Special Adviser to the State Governor on Education, Otunba Fatai Olukoga and the State Head of Service, Mrs. Josephine Williams who both gave the advice in Lagos noted that it becomes imperative in view of the prevailing security challenges experienced in some parts of the country.
“I wish to specifically charge principals of boarding schools not to release their students to anybody that is unknown to them and the child, even the drivers except their parents”, Olukoga said.
She said government is concerned about the security of pupils and students in their schools adding that everything must therefore be done to prevent any security breaches in public schools in the state hence the renewed call on managers to be security conscious.
She said that lives of the pupils are entrusted into the care of the school managers from the time they assembled in the schools in the morning till afternoon when schools closes for the day hence they should be security conscious at all times so that the state will not experience serious security breaches as being experienced in some states in the country.
HE advised manager not to allow any strange person or occurrences happen within their school without challenging such a person and at the same reporting such activity to the appropriate security agency that are better trained and equipped to handle such an occurrence.
Edited by Omamurhomuapho Thomas