Attack on schools will drastically reduce in 2024, says NSCDC

Ahmed Audi, Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), announced the implementation of new security measures aimed at minimising attacks on Nigerian schools.

Audi made this known while answering questions with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja.

He said that measures were in place to address the attack on schools at the grassroots level.

He bemoaned the fact that bandits had targeted teachers, pupils, and school buildings, causing disarray and severely damaging the country’s infrastructure.

The helmsman also revealed that the corps had made the decision to work with the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in the first quarter to raise awareness among them of the necessity of setting up security response centres in their respective states.

“Part of our strategies is to actually concentrate on background issues that actually cause this asymmetric conflict as we plan to emphasise more on the non-kinetic approaches.

“This approach involves cautioning Nigerians, interactively engaging with community leaders, its members, school children and their teachers so that they will be aware as well as be able to identify suspicious movements.

“This will enable them to know when to call the attention of the government as well as provide timely information so that together we will nip this problem in the bud; if you see something, say it,” Audi said.

Audi further stated that some states, including Benue, Nasarawa, Rivers and Kano, among others, had responded by providing coordination centres to promote safer schools.