Lagos State government has introduced Safe School Lagos (SSLAG), an initiative designed to prevent a repeat of the tragic incident that led to the controversial death of a 12-year-old Dowen College student, Sylvester Oromoni, in schools.
The state government said the initiative is a proactive measure to curb bullying, cultism, auto accidents among others in both the public and private schools across the state.
The commissioner for education, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, disclosed this yesterday at a workshop organised by the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC), tagged: “School Safety Initiatives Workshop.”
The commissioner who was represented by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Mr. Abayomi Abolaji, said apart from the measure being put in place to curb bullying in schools, the government had started identifying schools on major roads that were prone to auto crash, in order to prevent reoccurrence of incident that happened at Grammar School in Ojodu area.
He said the schools on the highway would have speed breakers and traffic lights while officers like Neighborhood Watchers, Federal Road Safety Corps, Lagos Safety Commission would be engaged to ameliorate the situation.
In his address, the director-general, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola, said the whole essence of the safety school initiative is to ensure that schools environment across the state are safe while the students are made to cohabit within a conducive learning atmosphere.
Mojola said, “Safer schools produce safer children and safer children are the bedrock of the future. So what we shall be doing is to meet school operators and engage them on how we can make safety the fulcrum of the curriculum within the schools.
“How can we ensure that teachers teach basic principles of safety and to ensure children interact in a safe environment? Safety begins with you and zero accident is possible if we all work together and in a safe environment.”