Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni has directed the reopening of all boarding schools in the State for the continuation of the 2020/2021 academic session.
The Governor gave the directive in a meeting with heads of security agencies and other relevant stakeholders to review the security situation in the State.
Hussaini Mai Suleh, Press Secretary to the State Deputy Governor, in a statement, indicated that Buni, who was represented by his Deputy, Idi Barde Gubana recalled that the boarding schools were shut on 28th February, 2021, following a wave of students’ abduction in some parts of the country.
The governor noted that the government had taken all necessary measures to protect the lives and property of all schools in the State.
Meanwhile, briefing newsmen after the meeting, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Dr. Mohammed Sani Idriss, said that in recent times, armed bandits have been targeting educational institutions and schools, thereby abducting innocent students in some northwestern states.
He maintained that in Yobe State, adequate security measures have been put in place to protect students and schools with the support and cooperation of schools’ management, parents and guardians, among other stakeholders.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser on Security Matters, Brig. Gen. Dahiru Abdulsalam (Rtd) said kidnapping of students remained one of Nigeria’s many security challenges with armed bandits frustrating the pursuance of Western education.
He assured that, “security agencies in the state are committed to their job”.
The meeting had in attendance the Commissioner of Police, Commandant Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole, Commandant Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Director Security Service, Special Advisor on Security Matters, as well as Director Cabinet and Security.