NGO Sensitizes Students on Security
A Non-Governmental Organization, Eleme Research Foundation has sensitized students of the Comprehensive High School, Alesa, Eleme on the need to be security conscious. The President of the Foundation, Chief Osaro Ollorwi tasked the students and teachers on the need to be conversant with their environment in order to detect and report strange persons and objects to their teachers or School management for prompt action before disaster hits. He also urged them to be conscious of the friends they keep, among others.
The body which works in collaboration with Red Cross Society of Nigeria, Pan-African Liberation International Incorporated, Cyber Action Team and Nigerian Institute of Security also enlightened the students on the evils meted to individuals through the Internet and advised them to be cautious while chatting and browsing on the Internet. Members of the team include Chief Osaro Ollorwi, President, Hon. Anthony Ogosu, Ogundu Godson Chibunkem, Godwin Stephen, Emmanuel Peters and Mrs. Patience Chinwi.
The Principal, Senior Secondary Section of Comprehensive High School, Alesa, Mr. Amadi Johnson Chinedu who was elated at the presence of the team thanked them for taking time to visit the School to carry out such sensitization campaign. He urged the team to keep the campaign on and extend it to Churches, Communities, etc.
In an interview with reporters, the Principal, Mr. Chinedu who stressed on the importance of being security conscious mentioned some challenges faced by the School. In his words, “the School has no gate; no security man to monitor those who come in the go out; the place is porous; we are faced with perennial flooding and the buildings need urgent renovation”.
He said despite the limited funding, the School management have been able to construct a makeshift bridge for the students as a result of flooding; we have also fixed protectors on the windows to ensure safety of School properties among others.
He also called on the Government both al the local and state levels to come to the aid of the School to ensure that the challenges are taken care of. He said they have written series of letters to the Rivers State School Management Board, Rivers State Ministry of Education, yet nothing has been done.
According to Chinedu, “we have also written to Alesa, the host community, and companies like INDORAMA Eleme Petrochemicals Company Limited, NNPC, PPMC, etc. but we have not gotten any response.
Also in an interview with newsmen, President of the Eleme Research Foundation and Leader of the Team, Chief Osaro Ollorwi, said one of their objectives is to sensitize the citizenry on the importance of direct participation in security of their lives and property. He said they are moving from School to School to sensitize both students and teachers; and intend to extend to Churches, Mosques, Markets, Community Based Organizations, NGOs and all sectors of the society with the aim of preaching the gospel of security consciousness.
He advised the Students and Teachers to know their neighbours, know their friends, and importantly, know the friend of their friend among others, so as not to be victimized or be connected with crime ignorantly. He finally enjoined them to call the attention of security agents when they notice strange faces or movements or objects including parked cars around their vicinity.