The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has issued an urgent order for the deployment of undercover operatives to schools and host communities across the country in an effort to increase safety in educational institutions.
At the end of a five-day capacity building on Safe School Response, NSCDC Commandant General Ahmed Abubakar Audi issued the directive in Kaduna.
The National Safe Schools Response Coordination Centre (NSSRCC) hosted a five-day capacity building, and BANKPAWA reports that over 170 individuals from various commands attended.
At the ceremony’s end, CG Audi did say that the corps would work with state education departments and local school boards to carry out the directive.
That includes vigilante organizations, retired security officers, host communities, and active NSCDC staff, he says, so that they can better weather disasters.
He said the goal of the program was to teach everyone there how to prevent violence in schools and in the communities that hosted them.
David Abi, Director of ACG Training and Capacity Building, spoke on behalf of Audi, who emphasized the importance of the NSSRCC to the National Plan on Safe Schools’ overall implementation approach.
He explained that the government came up with the strategy to get everyone concerned with school safety to work together.
The CG recognized that there has been an increase in attacks and violence against schools in Nigeria, which has contributed to a rise in the number of children who are not enrolled in school.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps is the primary agency in the strategic plan, which is based on a whole-of-society approach.
Its headquarters are located in the Corps, and its mission is “to coordinate safety and security response for schools and host communities in collaboration with all security agencies and other relevant stakeholders,” he explained.