Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, has appealed to kidnappers in Nigeria to stop attacking schools, saying it would ruin the desire for education.

The newly appointed WTO boss decried the recent abductions, insisting that it would increase girl-child marriage as students were living in an already unstable environment, especially in the Northern part of the country.

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Okonjo-Iweala made this known when she paid a courtesy visit to minister of women’s affairs, Pauline Tallen.

She added, “If you check, you will see many of the children will no longer return to school and may then enter into early marriages, so whoever these kidnappers are, hold your peace, please leave our children alone. It is shameful that we have this kind of thing happening.”

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Consequently, she urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Finance Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed to establish the safe schools initiative that would provide solar light fence barriers to prevent intruders from attacking schools.

Meanwhile, the House of Representative, on Wednesday, formed a special committee to devise solutions to the security challenges confronting the nation.

According to the Speaker, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, all principal officers and 30 members of the House from the six geopolitical zones of the country, would form the committee.

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Speaking during plenary, he said the committee would start working immediately with a two-week deadline to submit its report.

The Speaker said the committee would submit its report to President Muhammadu Buhari for execution.

 

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