Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun had warned anyone who may want to perpetrate any form of criminality around school environments to desist or face the wrath of the law.
Edward Ajogun, who gave this warning during the stakeholders’ meeting on school security, held at the office of the Commissioner for Education Science and Technology, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta assured that the Ogun State Police Command had deployed adequate personnel and necessary gadgets to combat any criminal activities such as molestation, rape, kidnapping amongst others.
The Commissioner also frowned at smoking, selling and drinking of alcoholic drinks very close to school premises, saying that such businesses around the learning environment can only cause harm and hinder the learners’ academic pursuits.
He therefore charged all and sundry to join hands with the state government and Police Force by reporting any suspicious activities capable of threatening the peaceful co-existence of people or that may lead to unrest.
“It is the responsibility of Police to ensure the safety of lives and properties of the citizens. As part of our duties, we owe schools and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology that responsibility to ensure that schools are protected.
“Policing is everyone’s business. It is true that the Police is there but we also want the school authorities, as well as parents, to be alert about the security of their children and wards. The Ministry and Heads of Schools should conduct security survey of Schools in order to enhance security”, Ajogun said.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu noted that schools are supposed to be places where students learn without any encuberances. He affirmed that government will not allow anything that may disturb teaching and learning activities in schools.
Prof. Arigbabu who commended the Police Commissioner and his team for being proactive on security matters, assured parents that the Prince Dapo Abiodun-led administration will not rest on its oars in putting things in place to ensure the safety of school children.
Speaking, the President, All Nigerian Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, ANCOPSS, Dr. Olubunmi Womiloju, appreciated the Force for their usual support and prompt response. She appealed to parents to compliment teachers’ efforts by training their children on moral lessons.