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The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole has recommended the installation of Closed-Circuit Television, CCTV in schools to curtail insecurity in the state.
The commissioner disclosed this on Thursday at a one-day seminar held at Nigeria Navy Secondary School, Onikoko Road, Abeokuta, the state capital.
The seminar with the theme, “Security Strategies In Managing Elementary And High Schools Amidst Insecurity In Nigeria.”
Bankole said that installing CCTV cameras in strategic locations across school premises would help to curtail criminal activities in schools.
He stated that education is an important part of children’s life which should not be taken with levity hands, saying learning becomes difficult where security of the students and teachers are not guaranteed, as such there is need to emplace effective and proactive strategies to curtail the menace.
He said, “Installing of CCTV cameras at strategic locations across school premise. This would ensure not only constant monitoring and recording of children day-to-day life, but also ensure the monitoring of visitors and their activities in their school. Security cameras can be effective in school safety investigations or even act as deterrent to criminals or security threat related behaviors.
“Oftentimes, background checks of staff are neglected and relegated for competency of staff and other consideration for employment of staff. it is imperative to stress that, the background verification of staff is as important as competency of staff for security of children.
“Elementary and High school management should initiate and maintain a strong relationship with the okada riders association, local taxi drivers association, community leaders etc. Where the schools have effective transportation system, it must be mandatory to install GPS system to ensure monitoring of children in transit and safety transportation to and from school.”
The CP, however, urged the parents and school managements to collaborate with the police, be vigilant and keep them abreast of any suspicious activity in their vicinity.
“School management to embrace the community policing strategy by having a robust relationship with the police formations covering their respective schools.
“I challenge you all to henceforth, resolve to be your brother’s keeper and play your own part in ensuring the general well being of our pupils and security of our schools. Let us be real good role model to our children, create and forge a robust relationship with our local police, be conscious and mindful to our children, create and forge a robust relationship with our local police, be conscious and mindful of what happens within our vicinity and promptly report any strange or suspicious persons, objects or events to the police.”
Also speaking at the security seminar was the Special Adviser to the state governor on security , AIG Sola Subair (retd.), urging all the stakeholders to join hands to fight insecurity .
Subair who canvassed use if technology to combat criminal activities in the state, advised schools authorities to collaborate with security agencies to fight insecurity in schools .
Those at the event include, Director of Directorate of State Service in the state, who was represented by Muhammed Ali, representative of the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology Prof. Abayomi. Arigbabu ; the commander of Amotekun , David Akinremi some DPOs among others .
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