The Lagos State government has assured parents of safety of their children just as academic activities in secondary and primary schools resume today in Lagos.
Idiat Adebule, Lagos State deputy governor disclosed this at a sensitization workshop for principals, vice principals and hostel masters of model colleges and secondary schools,
She said arrangements have been put in place to prevent kidnapping in schools adding that measures have been put in place to ensure that schools are safe and secured.
Represented by Adesina Odeyemi, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, she restated that security of lives and property was the responsibility of every responsible government.
Adebule at the workshop tagged: Towards a Safe and Secure Learning Environment, described kidnapping in schools as the new phase of security breach and assured that measures are already in place to combat it.
She listed some of the steps already taken by the government to checkmate the trend as construction of perimeter fences, clearing of all bushes within and around the premises of all public schools, installation of watch towers, flood lights and alarm system to alert students and teachers in case of intrusion.
It was noted that the kidnap of six pupils of Model College, Igbonla seven months after an earlier abduction of students and staff of the same school was a signal that proactive measures must be deployed to tackle the emerging threats to the school communities.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal has disclosed that kidnappers’ camp no longer exist in the state following the destruction of over 200 dens hitherto operated by these hoodlums.