The Lagos State government has launched Safe School Lagos (SSLAG), an effort aimed at preventing a repetition of the unfortunate episode that resulted in the disputed death of Sylvester Oromoni, a 12-year-old Dowen College pupil.
The effort, according to the state administration, is a proactive approach to combat bullying, cultism, and vehicle accidents in both public and private schools throughout the state.
Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, the commissioner of education, made the announcement Wednesday during a session organized by the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC) titled “School Safety Initiatives Workshop.”
Apart from the measures put in place to curb bullying in schools, the commissioner, who was represented by the ministry’s permanent secretary, Mr. Abayomi Abolaji, said the government had begun identifying schools on major roads that were prone to auto accidents in order to prevent a repeat of the incident that occurred at Grammar School in the Ojodu area.
He claimed speed breakers and traffic signals would be installed in schools along the roadway, and police such as Neighborhood Watchers, the Federal Road Safety Corps, and the Lagos Safety Commission would be called in to help.
Mr. Lanre Mojola, the director-general of the Lagos State Safety Commission, stated in his speech that the goal of the safety school project is to guarantee that schools throughout the state are secure and that kids are able to coexist in a conducive learning environment.
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“Safer schools generate safer students, and safer children are the foundations of the future,” Mojola said. So what we’ll do is meet with school administrators and discuss how we can make safety the focal point of the school’s curriculum.
“How can we guarantee that instructors teach fundamental safety concepts and that children interact in a secure environment?” Safety starts with you, and if we all work together in a safe atmosphere, we can achieve zero accidents.”
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