The Governor of Gombe State, Muhammad Yahaya has disclosed that he has sent reinforcements in the form of local security workers to all the schools in the state to supplement police and other security organizations’ efforts to curtail student kidnappings.
The governor made the disclosure after he paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. He explained that the state government is doing everything within its power to safeguard the lives of the students in the state.
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In his words: “We did a vulnerability assessment of all the schools and we assigned the local security personnel; vigilantes, to work with the conventional organised security in order to safeguard our schools against attacks.
Above all, what we did for wider security is reflected in the schools and we concentrated our effort in building big schools that will contain greater numbers, to reduce the chances, such that wherever students or pupils are exposed to such risks, we brought them closer to the main security agencies, so as to have peace and tranquillity.
That has succeeded in bringing peace to our schools so the schools and the wider society are safe in Gombe and we thank God for that.
“We are really located in the midst of the North-East because we share a boundary with all the other five states of the zone and as a result of that, even the effect of insurgency, Boko Haram and issues to do with farmer-herder clashes have caused some security challenges in Gombe in the past.