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Nigeria to host conference on safe schools



Federal government says it is taking steps to ensure that students go back to school without fear of being attacked.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Geoffrey Onyema, made the promise during his opening remarks at the pre – conference briefing on the fourth International conference on safe schools declaration holding in Abuja later this year.

The Abuja Safe Schools declaration conference which will be co – hosted by the Nigeria Ministry of foreign affairs and embassies of Spain, Norway, and Argentina is to hold 25th through 27th October, 2021.

Dr. Onyema noted that Nigeria is the first African nation to host the conference since inception and would be sharing her experiences and plans in the efforts at ending attacks on schools as well as improve educational system in the country.

The Ambassador of Norway to Nigeria, Mr. Lein Eiliv, said the essence of the declaration is to seek safe access to education across the globe aimed at protecting from harm.

According to the Norwegian Ambassador, it is not enough for governments to make declaration, but be ready for implementation and ensure access to education is a priority.

Other speakers including the Director International Organisations, Ministry of foreign affairs, Samson Itegboje, the Ambassador of Spain to Nigeria, Mr. Marcellino Anserena, Senior Policy and Strategy Adviser, Global Coalition to Protect Schools from Attacks, Ms. Abiola Sanusi, Dr. Yahaya Disu of NCDC, among others, called for collaborative efforts at ensuring that schools are protected even in times of war so that women and children who are the most vulnerable can have access to education.

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It will be recalled, that one hundred and nine countries have signed up for the declaration which means they will prioritise access to education in their governance.

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