Written by Godfrey AKON

Kagara school abductions: UNICEF, NUT worry over enrollment

The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has strongly condemned the attack on Government Science College in Kagara, which led to the dead of one student and at least 27 others kidnapped.

UNICEF Nigeria Representative, Peter Hawkins, in a statement released to newsmen in Abuja, called for the immediate and unconditional release of the children and their safe return to their families.

Hawkins further noted that UNICEF is deeply concerned about reported acts of violence, adding that attacks on schools are a violation of children’s rights.

According to him, “Children should feel safe at home and at school at all times – and parents should not need to worry for the safety of their children when they send them off to school in the morning.”

“UNICEF condemns in the strongest possible terms any attack on a school and calls for the immediate and unconditional release of any children who may be missing, and their safe return to their families.”

“UNICEF is deeply concerned about these reported acts of violence. Attacks on schools are a violation of children’s rights. Children should feel safe at home and at school at all times – and parents should not need to worry for the safety of their children when they send them off to school in the morning.”

“We acknowledge the efforts being taken by the Government of Nigeria for the safe return of any missing children," he said.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, also condemned the abductions in a statement by its Secretary General, Dr Mike Ike Ene, warning that if the security situation in 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 titled "Terrorist Attack On Schools And Abduction Of Students/ Teachers One Incident Too Many," also said the union is worried and greatly concerned over the increasing state of insecurity across the country where attacks on soft target such as schools are fast becoming danger spot for bandit and other criminal elements in Nigeria.

“NUT is alarmed by this brazen attack which has left a number of families and relatives distressed.

“We call on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency declare a state of emergency on security situation in the country.

“The current strategy deployed by our security agencies fall 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,” the statement said.

 

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