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INSECURITY: Six Governors To Set Up Joint Taskforce Against Kidnapping In Schools

Six State Governors from the Northeastern region of Nigeria have resolved to set up a joint task force to check the abduction of schoolchildren that has become more rampant.

The governors’ decision was made public on Thursday in Bauchi, at the end of the 4th meeting of the North-East Governors Forum.

Governors Babagana Zulum of Borno Chairman of the forum; Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa, Vice Chairman; Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe, host; and Bala Mohammed of Bauchi states were in attendance. The deputy governors of Yobe and Taraba states represented their State governors.

A communique issued at the end of the meeting states that “the governors have resolved to set up a Joint Task Force to ensure the protection of schools in the region in view of the disturbing problem of school abductions.

“While appreciating the reinforced efforts in the fight against insecurity, the governors however supported the idea of community policing to complement the efforts of security agencies towards addressing security challenges,” it read.

Governor Fintiri, who presented the communique, said the governors understood the need to be aggressive in repositioning education in the sub-region and had therefore agreed to establish a Council on Education with the mandate to improve quality and performance, as well as set up a peer review mechanism.

The governors also raised concerns on what they described as being shortchanged in capital appropriation in the 2021 Budget, considering the precarious situation of the region, which requires aggressive infrastructure intervention to defeat the insurgency and build the resilience of the affected communities.

The forum, therefore, urged the Nigerian government to show the desired seriousness in view of its anticipated impact in turning around the fortunes of the sub-region and the country at large.

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