The Federal Government has in a bid to curb provoking attacks on school children, allocated ₦1.2bn to provide promising security infrastructures in the nation’s 104 unity schools.
The development is revealed in the 2022 Appropriation Bill before the National Assembly, Naija News understands.
The allocated fund will cover for the perimeter fencing, solar street lights, solar-powered motorized borehole and CCTV installation in all unity schools across the nation.
Statistics revealed that no fewer than 1,421 school children have been abducted in the country between December 2020 and September 2021. The development has reduced the number of children in schools as some parents could not risk the life of their children again to bandits, Boko Haram terrorists.
UNICEF and the United Nations have as well expressed deep concerns over the incessant attack on school students in Nigeria, Naija News understands.
Recently, United Nations Children Emergency Fund lamented the failure of the Federal Government to rescue abducted students still in captivity. The Chief of UNICEF Field Office, Kano, who also oversees Sokoto and other North Western states, Maulid Warfa, disclosed this in an interview with The PUNCH in Abuja.
Warfa said, “UNICEF is deeply concerned that these children are still in captivity and has called on the authorities – and would like to reiterate that call here – that all concerned take immediate action to free all school children, not just those of Birnin Yauri and Bethel Baptist High School, but every schoolchild still in captivity of kidnappers, all the 200 that UNICEF estimates are still in captivity of abductors.
“UNICEF reiterates that attacks on schools and abduction of learners are a gross violation of children’s rights, and a horrific experience for children to go through – one which could have long-lasting effects on their mental health and well-being.”