The Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, says plans are underway by the Assembly to convey a school security summit, as part of its efforts towards evolving strategies for crime control and prevention in schools.
Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo disclosed this during an advocacy visit by members of the National School Crime Prevention Corps led by its Commandant, Mr. Ige Folayinka at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Oluomo stated that it is expedient for the Ninth Assembly to interface with stakeholders in the education sector, top hierarchy of security agencies, traditional rulers, community leaders, and other concerned stakeholders, in order to ensure sustenance of peace and stability in schools.
The Speaker in the company of his deputy, Akeem Balogun, and other lawmakers, said the summit would bring to the front burner issues bothering on the threat to peace and security, especially among school pupils, with a view to harnessing the recommendations of stakeholders that would guide the Assembly on appropriate legislative action where necessary.
He emphasised the need for the full implementation of some existing laws to checkmate the excesses of anyone engaged in social vices, such as kidnappings, thuggery, cultism, robbery, and other related offences, commending the efforts of the Corps at nipping crimes in the bud.
Speaking earlier, Mr. Folayinka informed the lawmakers of the Corps’ efforts at addressing social unrest occasioned by hooliganism, cult-related activities, and fetish practices in schools, adding that it had ensured the rehabilitation of some deviant students.
The Commandant who sought for the Assembly’s support on the enactment of a bill on school crime and prevention control in the State, appealed to the lawmakers to help contribute to the Educational Support Programme (EFSP) in their respective constituencies in curtailing crimes, thus reducing criminal tendency.
Also speaking, the Provost, Civil Defence College of Security Management (NSCDC), Cmdt. Rachael Awosusi, applauded the efforts of the Corps for giving operational and logistic support to his agency for effective discharge of its duties.