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Army partners CSOs to secure schools

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By Abraham Adekunle

Commander pledges collaboration to safeguard schools in Zamfara.

Brigadier General Sani Ahmed, the Commander of 1 Brigade Nigerian Army located in Gusau, Zamfara State, has committed to establishing a strong alliance with civil society organizations within the region. This unified front aims to work together in order to ensure the attainment of secure educational institutions throughout the state. Brigadier General Ahmed made a crucial announcement on Friday in Gusau, expressing the Nigerian Army’s unwavering dedication towards the Safe Schools Initiative. He emphasized the need for close cooperation with civil society organizations (CSO) to guarantee the program’s triumph in the region.

In 2014, the establishment of the Safe Schools Initiative by the Federal Government aimed to ensure uninterrupted access to education for children residing in regions affected by violence. Brigadier General Ahmed, the leader of the brigade, expressed his appreciation for the visit of the delegation from the safe school technical team, acknowledging their visit as both opportune and vital for the advancement of the initiative. Ahmed, acknowledging the CSOs’ recommendations and expressing worry about how insecurity impacts education, pledged to integrate their suggestions into current initiatives.

CSOs urged to mobilize support for the military.

Underlining the importance of the matter, he underscored the imperative for all stakeholders to join forces and combat insecurity. Ahmed expressed his appreciation for the positive progress made as various civil society organizations join forces to actively support the re-enrollment of children from insecure communities back into schools. His deep concern for the detrimental effects of insecurity on education has always evoked strong emotions within him. Determined to address this issue, he emphasized the importance of incorporating strategies to mitigate its impact into their existing plans.

The CSOs were called upon by the brigade commander to actively participate in mobilizing public support for military operations in the ongoing struggle against insecurity. Ahmed stressed the importance of a collaborative approach between CSOs and called upon their assistance in educating the wider population about the importance of backing military operations, emphasizing the significance of effective security measures. Also, Dr. Ahmad Hashim, head of the delegation representing civil society organizations (CSO), provided insights into the objective behind their visit to the Nigerian Army.

Zamfara had grappled with violent conflicts in all 14 LGAs.

Their primary focus was to stress the importance of upholding the right to education, even in the face of security challenges. This was especially crucial in Zamfara State, where persistent violent conflicts over the past 12 years have had a profound impact on all 14 local government areas. Hashim said that they had arrived at the command for an advocacy visit primarily focusing on the state’s education. Their staunch conviction resonated with the notion that insecurity should never hinder the pursuit of education.

Over the span of a dozen years, the state had grappled with unrelenting violent conflicts which had profoundly impacted all 14 local government areas within its domain. Insecurity poses a severe threat to education, as Hashim expounded upon, shedding light on the detrimental effects it has had. He illustrated this by highlighting incidents of abductions that resulted in the forced shutdown of primary and secondary schools across certain regions of the state.

Education should persevere even in dire situations.

Emphasizing the apprehension of Civil Society Organizations (CSO), Hashim emphasized their deep-rooted worry regarding the condition of schools and education amidst ongoing insecurity. With conviction, he proclaimed that education should persevere even in the most dire of circumstances. The joint efforts of the Nigerian Army and civil society organizations mark a significant milestone in addressing the influence of insecurity on education in conflict-ridden regions. Both entities acknowledge the pressing need to safeguard uninterrupted learning for the distressed children, thus embarking upon this collaboration.


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AN-Toni
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2 months ago

Army partners CSOs to secure schools. – Commander pledges collaboration to safeguard schools in Zamfara. – Express your point of view.

Taiwo
Member
2 months ago

Schools are secured by the Army working with CSOs. To protect Zamfara schools, a commander promises cooperation.Especially in Zamfara state, collaborating with CSOs to fight insecurity is crucial. Schools should have a security system that is always on guard and available because we know that these terrorists target educational institutions.

Kazeem1
Member
2 months ago

Army collaborates with CSOs to protect schools This is a step in the right direction towards solving the region’s insecurity issue. The army must make sure that its operations safeguard the people of the country

Adeoye Adegoke
Member
2 months ago

That’s fantastic news! It’s really important to prioritize the safety and security of schools, especially in regions like Zamfara. The partnership between the army and civil society organizations (CSOs) is a great step towards safeguarding schools and ensuring a conducive learning environment for students.
Collaboration between the army and CSOs can bring together the expertise, resources, and community engagement necessary to address the security challenges faced by schools. By working hand in hand, they can implement effective strategies to prevent attacks, provide protection, and respond swiftly in case of any security threats.
Safeguarding schools not only protects the lives and well-being of students and teachers but also upholds the right to education for every child. It creates an environment where children can learn, grow, and thrive without fear.
I commend the commander for pledging collaboration and the army for recognizing the importance of securing schools. It’s a collective effort that requires the involvement of various stakeholders, including the government, security forces, CSOs, parents, and communities. Let’s continue to support these initiatives and ensure that every child has access to a safe and quality education! 🏫🛡️📚