Africa Youth Group Foundation, AYGF, has expressed worry that the recent abduction of over 300 students from a boarding school in Kankara, Katsina state by gunmen, has revealed that the country’s education sector is in danger.
Executive Director of the AYGF, Dr. Arome Salifu who raised this concern in a chat with our correspondent on Saturday, said the situation may further frighten other students in the region to drop out of school.
“Insecurity is probably is our greatest undoing right now as a country. Our education, agriculture, health, mining, social and economic activities impacted negatively. People are either afraid to travel because of kidnapping or afraid to go to a farm because of an attack. This has been on for years and there seems to be no end.
“The Kankara school kidnap has revealed that our education is in danger. Many will use this as an excuse to drop out of school. We certainly need the federal government to change strategy, secure the schools, and frontally confront those behind the act,” Dr. Arome added.
Gunmen on motorcycles had on December 11 stormed the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, on the outskirts of Katsina and abducted up to 344 students.
The Katsina state government on Thursday however announced that it had secured the release of the students, after which the boys were received by President Muhammadu Buhari at the state’s government house.
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