Governor Lalong of Plateau State
By Raymond Gukas, Jos
Worried over the incidences of schools kidnapping, governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state has advocated the reintroduction of school extra curriculum paramilitary training as was the practice in the past.
The governor stated this during an interactive meeting with journalists in Jos, the state capital at the weekend.
According to him, the boys scouts, the cadets, Man ‘o’ war etc have provided not only school disciplines in the past, but have also gone steps ahead to provide security from external forces that may be trying to disrupt academic activities.
He noted that some of these students had after graduation, found themselves in the Nigeria Defense Academy and other security training institutions which were evident that they were useful in secondary and even primary schools then.
He stressed that his administration is planning a robust security systems in its schools that would help students to confront any unauthoried persons with intents to invade and kidnap students pending when helps could come.
He said the activities of kidnappers won’t be tolerated and assured that the government won’t accept any form of academic interruptions in schools as a result of the menace facing the northern schools in particular.
The governor who is also the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, NGF, said the body has resolved to partner with the federal government in tackling insecurity and as such has mandated the new service chiefs to stem the act within three months.
He also task the media to be sincere in its reportage of events as false reports has largely been responsible for apprehensive tendencies across the country.
Commenting on his administration, he said there are plans to ensure that no project would be left uncompleted by the government, adding that the Legacy project he initiated would have serious positive impact on the generality of the people.