The Ondo State chapter of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, ( NAPPS) at its just concluded 2 days conference engaged all stakeholders in risk assessment of schools across the state in a bid to fortify its structure against security challenges.
Addressing Ondo State delegates at an event held yesterday at Impact International School, Akure, the National President, NAPPS, Chief Yomi Otubela said going by growing concerns over security issues across the country, there is the renew need for private school’s proprietors to engage in risk assessment of their school system and adopt appropriate security measures.
Chief Otubela while acknowledging that the nation is going through a trying period, urged school proprietors to identify areas of challenge and beef up security with installation of CCTV cameras, build perimeter fence and install security wires on the fence and engage the community more by financing local vigilantes among others saying the school system is a sub sector of the larger society and that there is no way the society can have peace if there is no peace in the school.
The conference also afforded the national body the opportunity to engage school proprietors on the need to be a part of its cooperative platform to access service and to also be good financial members.
The State President, Chief Olufemi Ijidakinro in his remarks said the two day conference was historic as it was the first time since 1995 that the state would have the national president visit.
While noting that the conference to a large extent exposed issues of security in schools which is a major challenge for the development of the education sector in Nigeria, Chief Ijidakinro urged school proprietors to take seriously issues of security in their respective schools.
“We advise our our members to do perimeter fence of their schools, engage day and night guards and consciously clear bushy areas around the school and those who can afford CCTV should install them. We thank God that we have not recorded any bad incidence in Ondo State”, he added.
In a chat with newsmen, Chief Mrs. Oluwatoyin Ade-Unuigbe, the Executive Director, Impact International School, Alagbaka, Akure while noting that the conference was timely, urged other proprietors to seek ways to add value to what they have been offering as parents desire to see improvement in the services rendered.
The event also featured a lecture on security measures for schools by two prominent security experts.