Over N7 billion has been voted by the federal government to address security lapses in the 104 unity schools through the provision of security infrastructure between 2017 and 2018.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at the inaugural weekend press briefing on the policies, programmes and activities of the federal government in the education sector, saying government decided to provide basic security infrastructure in the schools because of insecurity in the northeast, caused by Boko Haram as well as incidents of kidnapping in parts of the country. He said government will provide perimeter fencing in the schools that are yet to have, CCTV cameras within the school premises, as well as street lights powered by solar systems and modern security gates, among others.
He noted that the security infrastructural project in unity schools began last year, adding that in the 2017 budget, the federal government made a provision of N5 billion for those facilities to be provided for in 65 unity schools.
According to him, in the 2018 budget, the federal government provided a total of N2,025,811,972.99, for the provision of these facilities, with a total of 39 schools benefiting. He said the Ministerial Tenders Board, (MTB), has already approved the award of contracts for the provision of the security facilities, adding that in the coming weeks, contractors would begin to mobilize to their various sites.