By Milcah Tanimu
In a concerted effort to combat the rising threat of attacks on schools in Nigeria, the National Safe Schools Response Coordination Centre (NSSRCC) has successfully trained 1,892 individuals within the past eight months. This significant initiative includes personnel from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, operatives from private security companies, and members of various neighborhood watch groups.
The NSCDC’s spokesperson, Babawale Afolabi, made this announcement in an official statement released on Wednesday, underscoring the importance of this training in preventing school attacks. Afolabi revealed that, to date, at least 48 attempted attacks on schools have been thwarted as a direct result of this program.
Ahmed Audi, the Commandant-General of NSCDC, discussed the NSSRCC’s progress and upcoming plans. He highlighted the organization’s collaboration with state governments, which has been instrumental in advancing the cause of safe schools. Furthermore, Audi emphasized the need for all stakeholders to come together in support of the Safe Schools implementation project, asserting that a unified approach is crucial to eliminating the menace of school attacks.
Audi expressed confidence that the forthcoming national summit, titled “Tackling Identified Threats in the Nigerian Safe Schools Project,” scheduled for November 2, 2023, will address the identified threats and security challenges in implementing safe schools. The summit aims to promote synergy among all relevant stakeholders and align their efforts based on the Standard Operating Procedure.