What has been happening
If there was any cheering news on the state of security in the schools especially in their boarding houses, it was the robust dialogue meeting among the Commissioner of Police, Commissioner of Education, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Heads of schools and Directors in the Ministry of Education with other stakeholders. The high power security meeting aimed at redesigning and fortifying security in and around schools with the view of protecting students, members of staff and facilities especially boarding schools, was held at Adeyemi Bero Hall, Alausa Ikeja. The Honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs Fosade Adefisayo and the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu both agreed that reviewing the security architecture and improvement on the safety of all schools in such a time like this could not be over emphasized. In her address, the Honourable Commissioner for Education noted that this strategic meeting was as a result of the prevailing security issues in our society and the state government was been proactive by organizing the stakeholders meeting to ensure that students in boarding facilities across the state are safe and secure. She urged students not to accept gifts or engage in any form of conversation with strangers while admonishing parents to follow all security protocols put in place by schools especially in schools with boarding facilities, adding that security instructions and tips concerning children should be topmost on the mind of every parent or guardian. Mrs Adefisayo also revealed that the state government is not resting on its oars in ensuring a top-notch security in both private and public schools in the state while also urging the general public to support the government in every way possible. The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu while speaking about security and safety in boarding schools in the state said the incessant kidnapping in the country has stimulated the Lagos state police command to assess the general security of schools in the state with a view to taking hands-on measures on their safety. He added that the effort of the state police command towards the safety of schools especially those located in the remote areas of the state cannot be overemphasized as he disclosed that the command had taken steps such as; identification of schools, threat analysis, intelligence gathering, multi-agency collaboration, community policing and deployment of adequate police personnel to these schools towards ensuring utmost safety in our schools. The Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA), Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni on her part noted that the Lagos State Government will continue to put in place adequate measures to nip the menace of insecurity in schools in the bud. She further said that OEQA, as an office responsible for ensuring quality standards in schools below tertiary level in Lagos State will continue to work tirelessly in ensuring the safety of students in schools so that teaching and learning will continue uninterrupted.