The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has held a meeting with the state Commissioner for Education, Folashade Adefisoye, and other stakeholders to review the security architecture and improve on the safety of public and private schools in the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement on Monday that the meeting was in a bid to instil confidence in the principals, teachers, parents and students of the various schools, adding that the CP had also deployed policemen to fortify security of schools across the state.
Adejobi stated, “The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has been sensitive and proactive in fortifying security in and around schools in Lagos State, particularly, the boarding schools, with a view to protecting students, staff members and their facilities.
“The CP, in order to build confidence in the principals, students and parents of students in the schools and officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Education, had a security meeting and lecture with the principals and officials of the ministry on redesigning and fortifying security of schools across the state on Thursday, April 1, 2021, at the Adeyemi Bero Hall, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.
“The state Commissioner for Education and the police command had deemed it necessary to organise such a meeting to review the security architecture and improve on the safety of all schools in the state by building confidence in the concerned staff members, students, parents and the government of the state; and intensifying efforts on deploying its human and material resources to protect lives and property in the schools.”
Adejobi stated that the police boss shared some security tips during the meeting to propel stakeholders into action on the general security of private and public schools in the state.
“The Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisoye, appreciated the command and other participants at the meeting for their time and support so far on the security of schools in the state and encouraged them to put in their best to work with the police and other security agencies in ensuring that schools in Lagos State are safe and fortified against any attack.
“The CP was accompanied to the meeting by all the 14 area commanders in the state, heads of departments and the intelligence officers of the command. Others present at the meeting were the Chairman, Teaching Service Commission, Mrs Elizabeth Ariyo, who was represented by Mr Sulaiman Ajayi; the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Abosede Adelaja; the Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr Lanre Omojola; the Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, Wahab Alawiye-King; and the Tutors General/Permanent Secretaries from districts 1 to 6 in the state.
“The CP, therefore, assured all and sundry, especially owners and principals of schools, to remain calm as the command had taken necessary steps in deploying its human and material resources, including intelligence gathering, patrols, raids of black spots, sensitisation programmes, town hall meetings, threat analyses etc, to improve security in and around private and public schools in the state.”