Dr Hussaini Abdu, the Country Director, Plan International Nigeria, a Non-Governmental Organisation, has called on governments and other education stakeholders to prioritise school safety issues in the country.
He made this known in a statement on Friday, March 15, while reacting to the collapse of a building at Itafaji area of Lagos Island on Wednesday.
Recall that a school occupied the top floor of the two-storey building.
Abdu appealed to the Lagos State Government to set up an inquiry into the incident and bring to book anyone found culpable for dereliction of duty.
He said, “We commensurate with parents of children who lost their lives in the building collapse in Lagos, which also involved a school.
“We urge governments at all levels, as well as education stakeholders to take it as a signal to further take issues of safety in schools seriously.
“We call on the Lagos state government to launch an inquiry into the incident and ensure that those found culpable in dereliction of duty that resulted to the collapse face the law.”
Abdu also called on governments at all levels and education stakeholders in the country to take urgent steps to prioritise the protection of the Nigerian child.
He called for the immediate implementation of the “Safe Schools Declaration’’, which Nigeria endorsed in March 2018.
According to the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), 84 countries around the world have signed the Safe Schools Declaration since it was opened for endorsement at the Oslo Conference on Safe Schools in May 2015.