The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has called on the Federal, States and Local government to ensure adequate security and 24 hour surveillance around schools environment.
The union made this known in a statement signed by its Secretary General, Dr. Mike Ene and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday.
Ene, who said this in the wake of the 333 school children abducted at the Government Secondary School, Kankara, Kastina State, appealed to the government to begin to consider the implementation of Life Insurance and Hazard Allowance for teachers in Basic and Senior Secondary Schools.
” In light of these recent developments, the Nigeria Union of Teachers may be compelled to down tools pending when it is safe for our members to teach and guide our pupils and students without fear of abduction by these faceless enemies of educational prosperity of the Nigerian Nation.
” The NUT herewith extend our appeal to stakeholders to join hands with the government and security agencies to provide adequate protection for the students, pupils, teachers and the school communities.
” This will ensure that educational activities are not hampered by enemies of the nations educational system using schools as soft targets.”
Ene said that stakeholders collaboration with government would help not to escalate the disruption of academic calendar.
While praying for the families of the abducted teachers and students, he urged all to hold unto government’s promise to ensure their safe release to be reunited with family members and relatives without further delay..