To safeguard lives and property of students and teachers across the country, especially in government-owned schools in the country, government at different levels have been urged to establish vigilance and neighborhood watch groups that will serve the academic environment.
The call, according to reports by pressmen, was made by Prof. Peter Okebukola, a former executive secretary of the National University Commission (NUC).
The former executive secretary said the establishment of security outfits purposely for schools would enhance the services of the regular uniformed security personnel in securing schools across the country.
He said while the efforts of the National Policy on Safety and Security in Schools using regular security agencies is acknowledged, creating local police majorly for schools would be an ideal security help for students and their teachers.
Okebukola, speaking on the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike, said he is optimistic that the action would make the government to inject huge amount of money into the university education, while the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) would also intervene in the provision of infrastructural facilities at all levels.
He added by saying that he foresees the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) releasing more funds to various state governments this year for their basic education, while he advocated for the re-establishment of State Education Development Fund (SEDFund) to serve post-basic schools.
“But upon the whole, 2019 will turn out to be one of the best years in funding of education in Nigeria in recent times, and this in turn will lead to improvement in physical resourcing of schools, welfare of staff and productivity across the entire system,” Okebukola noted.