The Edo Government has appealed to community leaders in the state to protect public schools in their domains. The state Commissioner for Higher Education, Mr. Washington Osifo, made the appeal in an interview with journalists in Benin yesterday. He said that government owned schools in the state were constantly being vandalised by hoodlums.
He said that it was part of the civic responsibilities of the community leaders as well as other residents of the state to assist government in protecting the schools.
“Vandalism is part of the evil in the heart of men. We don’t understand why someone will destroy government property, especially government schools. “We have spoken to residents, religious leaders and community leaders where these schools are located, to see government schools as their own and protect them.
“We have continued to urge the community leaders to assist us in taking care of these properties; we hope that they will listen to this clarion call,” he said. Osifo said that the employment of security men to protect schools in the state would swell the wage bill of the state government.