As a part of measures in direction of lowering the kidnapping of schoolchildren, the Gombe State Government has reportedly deployed native safety personnel to all instructional establishments inside the state to enrich the efforts of the police and different safety companies.
It was gathered that the state authorities had already carried out vulnerability assessments on colleges to determine these which may be the first targets of bandits and kidnappers, Vanguard reviews.
This was disclosed by Governor Muhammad Yahaya when he was addressing journalists, after assembly with Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari on the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Yahaya identified that the collaboration among the many state authorities, spiritual and group leaders and different stakeholders has helped in addressing the safety challenges within the state.
Speaking on the efforts of the state to guard colleges and college students from assaults by kidnappers and bandits, the governor stated: “We did a vulnerability assessment of all the schools and we assigned the local security personnel; vigilantes, to work with the conventional organised security in order to safeguard our schools against attacks.
“Above all, what we did for wider security is reflected in the schools and we concentrated our effort in building big schools that will contain greater numbers, to reduce the chances, such that wherever students or pupils are exposed to such risks, we brought them closer to the main security agencies, so as to have peace and tranquillity.
“That has succeeded in bringing peace to our schools so the schools and the wider society are safe in Gombe and we thank God for that.”
He famous that the federal government had taken proactive measures to safeguard the state from safety threats.
According to him, the peculiar location of the state makes it susceptible, nevertheless, he stated safety companies have been working arduous.
He stated, “We are really located in the midst of the North-East because we share a boundary with all the other five states of the zone and as a result of that, even the effect of insurgency, Boko Haram and issues to do with farmer-herder clashes have caused some security challenges in Gombe in the past.
“But we have been proactive and we are following up day-by-day in all institutions affected, for example, the traditional rulers, community leaders, and the security agencies, trying to build a mutual understanding and good relationship between our people.
“I can say that compared to the rest, Gombe is relatively peaceful and we thank God for that; we are very appreciative of the cooperation and understanding of our people.”