NUT Condemns Attack On GSS Kagara, Calls For Safe Rescue Of Students, Teachers.
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has expressed regret over the reported abduction of students and teachers of Government Science Secondary School Kagara Niger State in the early hours of Wednesday 17 February 2021.
In a statement signed by the Secretary-General of the Union, Mike Ene, the teacher’s body expressed sadness over the increasing state of insecurity across the country, where attacks on soft targets such as schools are fast becoming a dangerous spot for bandits and other criminal elements in Nigeria.
NUT is alarmed by this brazen attack which has left a number of families and relatives distressed and described it as an attack too frequent.
“We call on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency declare a state of emergency on the security situation in the country”.
“The current strategy deployed by our security agencies falls short of expectation considering that the Kagara abduction has just occurred while the nation is yet to fully contend with the December 2020 abduction of students in Government Science Secondary School Kankara Katsina state”.
“Such criminal elements have no place in a civilized society such as Nigeria”.
The union also called on the Federal Government to deploy the full weight of the nation’s security apparatus to ensure the safe return of our abducted students and teachers.
It added that furthermore steps must be taken to completely eliminate all forms of security threats to our schools. We wish to reiterate that teaching and learning can only be guaranteed in an atmosphere of safety and security.
“It has become imperative for all tiers of government to put all hands on deck. We, therefore, call on state governments to use part of their security voters to employ alternate security service to complement existing security agencies in policing our schools”.
“We must warn that if the security situation in our schools and colleges is not guaranteed, the NUT will not hesitate to withdraw the services of all teachers in the affected states of the federation”, the statement added.