DPCDI Leads Safety Awareness Campaign Ahead of School Resumption in Taraba

The Dephee Peace and Community Development Initiative (DPCDI), a non-governmental peace organization, called for proactive security awareness and action among parents and schools on Friday ahead of the new academic session.

Mr Bulus Audu Daniel, the executive director of the organisation, made the appeal in Jalingo and said the organization was concerned about the prevailing security situation in the country and the vulnerability of school children to the situation as they were mainly seen as soft targets. .

Bulus believed that if all stakeholders take basic measures in a timely manner, it will make a difference in ensuring the safety of students and teachers, he insisted that no effort is spared in that regard.

“We have watched with concern the deteriorating security situation in the country, especially where schools and commuters have become soft targets. As the saying goes, one stitch in time saves nine. It is therefore imperative that we take adequate measures to protect our children when they return to school this new school year.

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“That’s why we’re calling on the government and school owners to ensure there is a fence around every school, as this also helps control movement in and out of the school grounds.

“The lives of the children who represent our future are so important that no price should be considered too high to secure them. As such, we suggest that every school has some sort of trained and armed security manning them at all times. In the event that we cannot depend on conventional security services, the local vigilante may suffice.

“On the part of parents, it is very important that they work with the school management to ensure that they have specific public figures to take their children to and from school. It is not recommended that a parent or guardian transfer a ward to others to take them to school just because they assume the other person has children in the same school.

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“As the 2023 general election campaigns are about to begin, we would like to advise parents to be cautious and very vigilant. These periods are known to present huge security challenges and we need to prepare to address them through conscious efforts,” the DPCDI Executive Director advised.

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