The Minister of Education, Professor Tahir Mamman has urged for a third line security to join the ongoing efforts of the military and other security agencies in order to completely get the country out of the mounting insecurity challenges.

He said that the imperatives for a Third Line Security for Public Safety could not be more timely and apt than now in an era where security threats are increasingly multifaceted and pervasive

Speaking at the 26th Founders Day of the Peace Corps of Nigeria in Abuja, the Minister said “We cannot claim to be unaware of the security challenges in our country within the last ten years which has led to loss of lives, closure of schools, kidnapping and abduction of students and teachers, maiming of citizens, killing of security personnel etc.

“This challenge, in spite of the huge amount of money budgeted to curb and reduce it, has remains unabated.bIt is therefore imperative that we explore innovative and collaborative approaches to ensure the safety and security of our nation.

“Therefore, the role of private security outfits such as the Peace Corps in complementing the efforts of public security agencies cannot be overemphasized.

“As we confront the complexities of contemporary security challenges, the concept of a “third line” security becomes crucial.

“This third line should not be seen as merely an auxiliary force but a strategic partner in our collective endeavor to safeguard public safety.

He however said that the Federal Ministry of Education in the past few years has maintained a relatively low challenges of security breaches in schools since the commencement of Safe School Initiative which was initiated in 2016.

According to him, the feat was achieved with the cooperation of foreign partners, school owners and administrators.

He said that the Federal Ministry of Education is looking forward to having Peace Corps of Nigeria as part of the success story.

“As we celebrate your accomplishments over the past 26 years, we also look forward to the future with optimism and resolve.

“Your commitment to excellence, innovation, and partnership sets a standard for others in the industry to follow.

“Together, we can build a safer and more secure Nigeria where every child can go to school, learn, play and achieve without fear of molestation and every citizen can live, work, and thrive without fear”, he further said..

The Minister praised the National Commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria, Dr Dickson Ameh Akoh, for the journey of the Corps so far especially for his resilience in the face of daunting challenges.

“I equally celebrate your unwavering desire to ensure the security of lives and property of citizens of this nation through your selfless service to our dear fatherland, especially the vulnerable among us. We look forward to more collaboration with the Ministry in the nearest future.

Meanwhile, the National Commandant of PCN, Amb. Dickson Akoh during his welcome address at the event,, emphasized the cardinal objectives of the Corps which is premised on youth development, patriotic services and peace building through distinct re-orientation and strict discipline. He noted that the organization has seen the textures and colors of unprecedented challenges laced with obstacles posed by individuals and institutions aiming to maintain the status quo.
“However, through uncommon resilience, doggedness, unyielding courage and commitment to the ideals behind the formation of the organization, we have recorded a whole lot of successes”

“The Peace Corps is greatly concerned with the rising rate of unemployment in the country. Unemployment, as you know, has made our youths susceptible to various vices such as terrorism, kidnapping, banditry and other heinous crimes. This has grave implications on the security situation in our nation.

It is advisable that a more robust, sustainable and institutionalized approach be adopted to ensure that the youths are engaged and kept busy.

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