Educator harps on child safety in schools
An educationist and proprietor of Christ Our Banner International Schools (COBIS), Mrs Christianah Ada Omoijiade, has urged governments at all level in the country to ensure the safety of students and teachers in the northern parts of country.
She made the call in Lagos while speaking with The Guardian, pointing out that reports on the kidnap of innocent children in schools were alarming and fearful.
She added: “Even our highways are not safe; people are being kidnapped. It is pathetic and traumatiic for them and their families. The government should ensure the safety of lives and property of her citizens at all times.”
Omoijiade noted that the menace leaves parents and loved ones of kidnapped children in pain and sorrow.
“It is an act of cowardice for a sect, whether terrorists, bandits or gunmen to kidnap harmless children from schools or people on the roads. I believe that government can do more than it is doing right now to serve as deterrent for culprits,” she said.
Omoijiade urged parents to give attention to children and safeguard them from falling into wrong hands anytime.
“Parents can engage their children and spend quality time with them during the holidays.” She added that children should be enlightened on what kidnapping is, how kidnappers operate and how dangerous they could be. “They should be advised on how to stay safe,” she stressed.
Speaking about her school, Omoijiade said COBIS has a mission “to give the child a firm foundation for an enduring life of excellence, dignity, commitment to service and love for all men.”
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