Nigerian lawmakers want security, intelligence studies introduced schools

The lawmaker said the curriculum of secondary schools in Nigeria, did not have any provision for security and intelligence studies.

The House of Representatives on Thursday mandated its Committee on Education to liaise with the Universal Basic Education (UBE) to introduce security and intelligence studies in all schools.

The committee is expected to report back to the House within six weeks.

The resolution followed a motion by Eddie Mbadiwe (APGA-Imo), which was adopted when put to vote by the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, in Abuja.

The motion was entitled:” Urgent need to introduce security and intelligence studies in both public and private secondary schools in Nigeria’’.

Mr. Mbadiwe noted that issue of security was an essential requirement for the economic development of any country.

According to him, this is captured in Section 14(2) (b) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

He said the section stipulates that “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government’’.

He argued that intelligence studies in schools in Nigeria was necessary in the face of the current security challenges bedeviling the country.

The lawmaker said at the moment, the curriculum of secondary schools in Nigeria, did not have any provision for security and intelligence studies.

He said the introduction of security and intelligence studies in secondary schools would provide students with basic knowledge of security and intelligence issues.

In their contributions, Ifeoluwa Arowosoge (APC-Ekiti), Akpodiogaga Emeyese (PDP-Delta), and Nado Kabribo (PDP-Bayelsa), agreed that the issue of security could not be overemphasised.

Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje (PDP-Abia) said “nothing can be too much with regards to security and whatever the parliament will do to address the issue will be appreciated,’’ she said.

The house later adjourned plenary till June 24.



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