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IGP Unveils, Commences Training of Personnel For Safe School Programme

Rita Enemuru, Reporting

THE Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun on Thursday, officially unveiled and commenced the training programme of selected personnel for a safe school programme in the 36 States and FCT.

The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement, noted that the programme was part of the mandate of the Nigeria Police Force to ensure the security of lives and property and achieve safer schools in the country.

The official unveiling and launching of the training programme wad held at the Goodluck Jonathan International Peacekeeping Hall, Force Headquarters, Abuja on Thursday, February 29, 2024.

The training programme according to the statement was for State Coordinators of the Schools Protection Squad (SPS) and selected Divisional Police Officers across 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

At the event, IGP Adeolu emphasized that the training programme aims to equip the State Coordinators and Divisional Police Officers with comprehensive knowledge of the Police’s role in the National Plan for Safe Schools in Nigeria.

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In his words, “The training is crucial for facilitating the development of a strategic roadmap for the Force’s collaboration with various stakeholders to secure our children’s learning environments while optimizing the human and material resources of the Force to tackle crimes, particularly those targeting educational institutions.

The statement read thus:

“Following the Strategic Forum on Achieving Safer Schools in Nigeria and the introduction of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Manual for the Safe School Project on August 9, 2023, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, PhD, NPM, as part of the mandate of the Nigeria Police Force to ensure the security of lives and property in the country, has officially unveiled state-of-the-art security equipment as well as commenced a training programme for State Coordinators of the Schools Protection Squad (SPS) and selected Divisional Police Officers nationwide, in a bid to reinforce the programme for viability in achieving the National Action Plan for Schools Protection.

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“The official unveiling and launching of the training programme, which marks a significant step forward by the Force in the commitment to safeguard the education system, children and young ones, by fostering a secure and conducive learning environment across the nation, was held at the Goodluck Jonathan International Peacekeeping Hall, Force Headquarters, Abuja on Thursday 29th February, 2024. 

“The IGP emphasized that the training programme aims to equip State Coordinators and Divisional Police Officers from all thirty-six States and the FCT with comprehensive knowledge of the Police’s role in the National Plan for Safe Schools in Nigeria by facilitating the development of a strategic roadmap for the Force’s collaboration with various stakeholders to secure our children’s learning environments while optimizing the human and material resources of the Force to tackle crimes, particularly those targeting educational institutions.

“The National Coordinator, of Financing Safe Schools, Mrs. Halima Iliya, noted that the capacities of security personnel, schools’ host communities, critical stakeholders, students and staff of schools would be built to help them all fit into the National Plan itself and play their respective roles.

“The event also had in attendance representatives of all relevant ministries, departments, and agencies, as well as the Force Management Team, Senior Police Officers, and other distinguished guests.”

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