Mai Mala Buni, the Governor of Yobe State, has ordered the reopening of all boarding schools in the state for the 2020/2021 academic year.
In a meeting with heads of security agencies and other related stakeholders yesterday to review the security situation in the state, the Governor issued the order.
Buni, who was represented by his Deputy, Idi Barde Gubana, recalled that the boarding schools were suspended on February 28, 2021, following a surge of student abductions in some parts of the country, according to Hussaini Mai Suleh, Press Secretary to the State Deputy Governor, in a statement made available to reporters.
The governor announced that the state government had taken all necessary steps to safeguard the lives and property of all students and teachers at all schools in the state.
Meanwhile, after the conference, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Dr. Mohammed Sani Idriss, told reporters that armed robbers have been attacking educational establishments and colleges in several northwestern states, abducting innocent students.
He stated that appropriate security measures have been placed in place in Yobe State to secure students and classrooms, with the assistance and cooperation of school administration, parents and guardians, and other stakeholders.
Brig. Gen. Dahiru Abdulsalam (Rtd), the Special Adviser on Security Matters, also spoke, saying that student abduction remains one of Nigeria’s many security threats, with armed robbers obstructing the pursuit of Western education.
“Security services in the state are committed to their job,” he added.
Commissioner of Police, Commandant Sector 2 of Operation Lafiya Dole, Commandant Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Director Security Service, Special Advisor on Security Matters, and Director Cabinet and Security were all present at the meeting.