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NIGERIAN ARMY COLLABORATES WITH CSOs TO ACHIEVE SAFE SCHOOLS INITIATIVE IN ZAMFARA 

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NIGERIAN ARMY COLLABORATES WITH CSOs TO ACHIEVE SAFE SCHOOLS INITIATIVE IN ZAMFARA 

The Commander of 1 Brigade Nigerian Army, Gusau, Brig.-Gen. Sani Ahmed, has pledged collaboration with the Civil Society Organisations in the state towards achieving safe school initiative in Zamfara.

Ahmed made the pledge in Gusau on Friday while receiving a delegation of the CSOs of Safe School Technical Team in the state on an advocacy visit on him.

The Federal Government in 2014 launched the Safe Schools Initiative as part of efforts to ensure that children in conflict areas by insecurity continue with their education.

The Brigade Commander described the visit as timely, adding that all stakeholders must collaborate in ensuring success of safe school initiative in the state.

“This is a welcome development to have CSOs coming together to contribute in ensuring children in communities affected by insecurity go back to schools.

“I always have more feelings on the negative impact of insecurity to education.

“I received all your recommendations in the reports given to me, we are going to do what we can to accommodate it in our plans,” Ahmed said.

He called for more support to the military operations, noting that all stakeholders must work together in the fight against insecurity.

“As CSOs, I called on you to assist us in educating the general public on the need to support military operations,” he added.

Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Dr Ahmad Hashim, said the visit was aimed to advocate safe school initiative to the Nigerian Army.

“We are here for an advocacy visit to this command as regard to education in the state.

“We have strong believe that education should not stop because of insecurity.

“For the past 12 years, the state have been bedeviled by violent conflict that have significantly affected all the 14 local government areas of the state,” Hashim said.

Hashim said that education as a component of social development was also affected as some schools in the state recorded kidnapping incidents.

This, he said led to total closure of all primary and secondary schools in some parts of the state.

“We are more concerned on how our schools and education are affected negatively by insecurity.

”Education must continue even if in a condition of emergencies”, he explained.

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