Governor Sanwoolu Tasks NSCDC On Safe School Project In Lagos

The Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwollu has praised the efforts of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps( NSCDC) to keep the school children safe across the country through the safe school initiative. 

National PRO, CSC Babawale Zaid Afolabi disclosed this in a press statement on Friday. 

Governor Sanwoolu said this on Thursday 30th Novembe 2023 when the Commandant General Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi mni, OFR paid a working visit to him at the governor's office in Alausa, Ikeja Lagos State. 

Represented by his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, the governor tasked the NSCDC to help out in keeping schools in Lagos state safe most especially primary and post-primary schools.

The Safe School Initiative was the brainchild of the Federal Government initiated in 2014 as a response to numerous attacks and abduction of school pupils in the northwest. 

" I would like to commend the efforts of the NSCDC in the federal government's safe schools project and Lagos State government is also counting on the corps. We have more than 1000 primary schools in  Lagos not to talk of the secondary schools and the government is working round the clock to keep the pupils safe from any external aggression".

In his response, CG Ahmed Abubakar Audi commended the governor for the support the Corps is enjoying in the State pointing out that Lagos State remains a sine qua non to the establishment and eventual success of the NSCDC as the government's para military agency. 

" The journey of the Corps began in Lagos in 1967  during the Civil War and it was called Lagos State Civil Defence Committee before it got its nationwide spread. So there is no way we can write NSCDC history without mentioning the big brother and remarkable role and efforts played by Lagos State. "

Like Oliver Twist, the CG solicited more from the Lagos State government on the need for a permanent site for the Corps in Lagos State and also a befitting Office for the National Safe School Response Coordination Centre( NSSRCC).

"As a lead agency in the safe school programme, with the military, the Nigeria Police and other notable key stakeholders. We have conducted a vulnerability survey of all schools in the country and have statistics on all the vulnerable schools. Part of the plans to have effective operation is the establishment of the NSSRCC centre across the country" 

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