Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has expressed that the federal government will not stop school activities, despite the attacks on learning institutions across the country.
He made this known while speaking on how insecurity is affecting schools in an interview on Channels Television on Tuesday.
Nwajiuba stated that it will be suicidal for the government to put a halt to school operations.
The minister noted that the motive behind the attacks is for schools to be permanently closed.
He revealed during the interview that the federal government is working seriously to address the situation.
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“We are aware that some of the attacks are meant to stop the idea of going to schools at all, and that is behind the motivation of governors that we would not stop schooling.
“We must continue. Stopping schooling is suicidal for the country. You heard the cost as the minister of finance did in the pitch she gave on the opening of these schools.
“But if we look at everything all together, the country is making serious efforts battling this as much as we can and stepping up the ability to respond.”
Nwajiuba also stated that the federal government was very concerned about the rate of abductions in schools.
“I’m worried as the next parent; all my children are in public schools in Nigeria. I can tell you, no father, no mother would want this. Nobody wants this. We are as worried as the next person,” he said.
“I can tell you for free — my elder brother, the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, and Mr President are as worried as anybody else.
“I want to reassure Nigerian children that we are here for them.”