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Kidnapping: Closing Schools Will Be Suicidal – FG

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Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has revealed that the federal government will not stop school activities despite the attacks on institutions of learning across the country.

Recall that the schools have been a target for series of mass abductions of children by gunmen in the North, a situation which has led to the closure of some schools in the country.

Speaking on the effect of insecurity on schools, in an interview on Channels Television on Tuesday, Nwajiuba said it will be suicidal for the government to put a halt to school activities.
The minister noted that the motive behind the attacks was for schools to be permanently closed, adding that the federal government was working seriously to address the situation.

“We are aware that some of the attacks are meant to stop the idea of going to schools at all, and that is why we would not stop school operations.
“We must continue. Stopping schooling is suicidal for the country. If we can be truthful, we will notice that the country is making serious efforts battling this as much as we can and stepping up the ability to respond.
“We are very worried as the next parent; all my children are in public schools in Nigeria. I can tell you, no father, no mother would want this.
“We want to reassure Nigerian children that we are here for them and we will ensure that this problem is tackled,”
He said.
He further by saying that around 200 schools have been closed, while some of such schools were currently operating within other settings.

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