Sallah: Bauchi governor, Abubakar, sues for peace

.Stakeholders advocate improved security in Bauchi schools

By Rita Michael

Bauchi

The Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, has enjoined Muslims to demonstrate peaceful co-existence among one another irrespective of religious, ethnic and political differences.

  The governor, who stated this in a goodwill message to mark this year’s Eid-El-Kabir celebration in Bauchi, said that the religion of Islam propagates total submission to the Will of Allah hence the need to maintain peaceful co-existence with other fellow human beings.

 “We should also use the occasion to strengthen the existing interpersonal relationship and make new ones with both Muslims and non-Muslims. We should invite the spirit of forgiveness, humility and respect for one another,” he said.

  Abubakar therefore re-iterated his administration’s commitment to maintenance of law and order for sustainable development in the state.

  He added: “While we are doing everything possible to protect lives and property of the country. I would like to call on you to join hands with the government by cooperating and praying for its success towards the realization of dividends of democracy.

  “As a government, we are desirous of creating a Bauchi State, where all citizens would pursue their lawful activities without fear or hindrance. I want to also assure that we will not relent in our drive to provide infrastructural facilities and social amenities for you up to the end of our tenure,” he assured.

  Meanwhile, stakeholders in education sector have stressed the need for Bauchi State government to improve security situation in schools across the state.

 The appeal was given at  stakeholders’ meeting organised by the Bauchi State Coalition for Improvement of Public Expenditure Management (BACIPEM) with support from Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) in Bauchi yesterday.

Mallam Isah Garba, Senior Programme Officer of CITAD said that school security should be much more advanced, adding, “Schools should be very careful not to let unsafe individuals gain access into school premises”.

Garba stressed the need to put in place adequate security measures in schools especially primary and secondary schools.

 Also, Hajiya Hasiya Dadi, a teacher with Government Girls Secondary School Bauchi said that schools were disreputably low on security and many schools across the state were not secured with fence and without any security arrangements.

  She lamented that lack of security in school poses a serious threat to the students, parents and the teachers.

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