Nigerian Editors Condemn Bandits’ Abduction of School Children
The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) condemns the incessant abduction of students by bandits in parts of Nigeria, expressing worry that the spate of abductions, if not checked, could discourage parents from sending their children to schools.
A communiqué of the standing committee meeting of the NGE issued on Thursday in Lagos expressed further fears that current spate of abduction could lead to a further increase in the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria.
The communiqué, which was signed by NGE’s president and general secretary, Mustapha Isah and Mary Atolagbe respectively said “We strongly believe that children have the right to education and schools should be made safe for them to learn therefore, a comprehensive security plan should be put in place by all levels of government to prevent further abductions of students. Going to school to acquire knowledge is not a crime.
“In the same vein, the Guild calls on the Nigerian government to urgently revisit the Safe School Initiative, with a view to implementing it for the benefit of Nigerian children”, the communiqué said.
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