The Senate mandated the Education (Basic and Secondary) and Higher Education Institutions Committees and TETFUND to investigate the use of over $ 20 million (USD) in proposed and budgeted funding for the initiative. over the years.
The survey would cover funds donated by foreign governments and agencies to the initiative.
On Tuesday, the upper house considered a motion on the “urgent need to restore and revalidate the safe schools initiative in Nigeria”.
The sponsor, Senator Stephen Adi Odey (PDP – Cross River North) recalled that the initiative was launched in 2014 to promote the safety of students, teachers and school facilities in 2014.
He denounced the kidnapping of schoolgirls in Chibok and Dapchi in Borno and Yobe states, boys from Kankara schools in Katsina state and the recent kidnapping of students and staff from the Government Science College in Kagara in the region of the local administration of Rafilga in the state of Niger.
Lawmakers said the incidents created negative publicity for Nigeria with the loss of confidence of foreign investors.
Odey expressed confidence that the full implementation of the Safe School initiative will ensure global standards in Nigeria’s education sector through the employment of qualified teachers and the provision of libraries and facilities. laboratories.
Deputy Senate Whip Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC – Niger North) observed that recent kidnappings of schoolchildren by bandits have led to students lacking education.
“This motion is very timely, especially in the wake of the latest incident of the kidnapping of schoolchildren from Kagara government secondary school of science. Anything that is done to dissuade parents from sending their children to school is something we have to take seriously, ”Abdullahi said.
Senator Orker Jev (PDP – Benue North West) warned that the wave of student kidnappings would have a negative effect on the quality of learning and education in Nigeria.
He said the situation can only be resolved when general insecurity is nipped in the bud.
Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC – Kogi West) stressed that the well-being of schoolchildren must continue to be a priority for the government in order to secure their future.
Senate Speaker Ahmad Lawan advised the National Board of Education to come up with policies and guidelines that would ensure student safety across the country.
Lawan advocated an adjustment to school building plans. He demanded the fence of the perimeter and the fortified entrances to the premises, classrooms and dormitories.
“This is where the National Board of Education would come in. Let it be a national policy that every state government and the federal government should have these types of secure environments.”
“Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown came to Nigeria and said $ 20 million was for the Safe Schools Initiative. He was the driving force behind this initiative when President Goodluck Jonathan dominated. Our committee should know about the implementation that has taken place. What happened? Why is it blocked? ”Lawan said.