BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO
The Osun State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has warned teachers against abusing their pupils adding that culprits would face full wrath of the law.
The NSCDC Commandant, Emmanuel Ocheja, according to a statement issued by Atanda Olabisi, the command’s Public Relations Officer, gave this warning on Thursday while addressing pupils of Stallion Academy, Osogbo who paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
Ocheja urged teachers and school owners to prioritise education of pupils and students in their care and desist from taking advantage of their childhood to abuse them.
Rather, the NSCDC boss urged teachers to assist pupils in achieving their full potentials in life, be good citizens and contribute positively to nation building. The Commandant reiterated the mandates of the Corps in providing security for students while in school and ensuring that no child is abused.
Ocheja warned teachers who may be engaging in child abuse to desist from such act, stating the Child Right Act that has been domesticated in the state has enough provisions to prosecute anyone found guilty of any form of child abuse.
He also enjoined the pupils to always speak out anytime they are abused by anyone. He advised pupils to report any form of abuse to their parents and be rest assured that NSCDC will not spare any one that abuses them. “I will make sure the person face the full wrath of the law,” he maintained.
While explaining the core mandates of NSCDC to the pupils, Ocheja emphasised protection of lives and property adding that the youngsters are not too young to contribute to the security of the country by giving relevant information to security agencies.
In order to encourage the visiting pupils, Miss Ayomikun Omotola, a seven-year old emerged as a 2-minute Osun State Commandant. She was privileged to sit on the Commandant’s seat, give orders to other pupils in attendance amongst other entertainment activities.
In her appreciation remarks on behalf of the children, the school coordinator, Mrs Oladayo Adekoya commended Ocheja for his passion for children adding that the school remained resolute in ensuring provision of quality education and protection of its students.