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Forum urges Kaduna Govt to heed calls to negotiate release of Afaka 39 students

…and to involve parents in security strategies.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna 

Government has been called upon to involve parents and teachers in its plans, strategy and drives towards securing students in their various schools from bandits and kidnappers.

Similarly, parents have also been enjoined to support government in providing security to schools in the form of finances to raise fence and other security measures, saying government alone cannot be able to do everything.

Participants at the Monthly Forum with Media on Peace Journalism held on Tuesday,

30th March, 2021, in Kaduna State, who stated these, also urged government to heed the calls to negotiate with bandits with the sole aim to pave way for the release of Afaka 39 students, because of circumstances surrounding their abduction.

In a communiqué at the end of the forum, organized by the Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC), on the Community Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP), participants also stressed the need to transfer students in high-risk areas to schools in central areas of states, instead of shutting the schools down due to the prevailing insecurity circumstances.

The communiqué also called on Kaduna State Government to be proactive by providing security in both public and private schools in the state, in order to protect the lives of the students and their teachers. 

It called on the Kaduna State Government to heed the calls by people to negotiate with the kidnappers/bandits that abducted the students of the Federal Forestry Mechanization College Afaka, in Igabi local government area of Kaduna State, so as to pave way for the possible release of the abducted students. 

They also observed that there is an urgent need to educate and enlighten students about basic security tips so that they can, at least minimally, protect themselves. 

Participants noted that community leaders and parents could also team up with government so as to win the war against kidnapping and banditry in the state. 

“Government should engage recognized civilian joint task force in the state, and they should be equipped by the security agencies in the state so as to tackle the security challenge in the state.” 

According to them, unemployment is one of the major geneses of insecurity in Nigeria, stressing that there is urgent need to empower the people, especially the youth. 

The forum lamented traded activities of kidnapping and banditry in places like Birinin Gwari, Giwa, Zangon Kataf , Igabi local government, Chikun, among others, which led to increase in more IDPs across the state and Nigeria, and called on governments to urgently come to their humanitarian needs, especially as the raining season is fast approaching.  

The forum lamented over the recent quit notice given to Yoruba tribes by some youth groups in Northern Nigeria, saying, Nigeria belongs to everybody, and there is need to live together for the country to make progress.

Personalities present at the forum include Kaduna State Internal Security and Home Affairs commissioner, Mr Samuel Aruwan, Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria (PTA) president, among others.

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