Boko Haram: FG to Beef Up Security In Tertiary Institutions

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Following the incessant killing of innocent people by the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents, the Federal Government said urgent steps will be taken to beef up security in all tertiary institutions in the country, to provide protection for students and staff of the institutions.

Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, gave the assurance at Federal College of Education (Technical), Omoku, Rivers State, on Thursday, during the impact assessment tour of public tertiary institutions in the state.

The Minister of education said everyday innocent people are being bomb-killled and gunned down mercilessly at will by the Boko-Haram insurgents.

Shekarau condemned the activities of Boko Haram insurgents for the spate of attacks on schools in the North-East, as well as threat to academic institutions by the activities of kidnappers in the southern part of the country.

The minister was reacting to the statement by the Provost of the College, Dr Bassey Ubong, that insecurity has been one of the major challenges of the college.

He disclosed that “insecurity is the critical problem, between 2010 and now, 23 members of staff of our institution and some members of their families were kidnapped. One is presumed dead, since he did not come out with the two others that were with him.”

He pleaded with the minister that funds should be made available to the institution for full perimeter fencing of Campus 2 of the College, noting that students have been frequently attacked and robbed of valuables.

The provost equally urged the Federal Government to intensify effort to end kidnapping in the entire Omoku community, were the College is located.

However, Shekarau, who commissioned the Information Communication Technology (ICT)/Micro-teaching laboratory and Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) project in the institution, assured that the Federal Government was taking holistic approach to end the challenges of insecurity in the country.

He said the construction of micro-teaching laboratory across Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria was a demonstration of the commitment of President Goodluk Jonathan towards provision of quality education.

He urged members of staff and students of the College to reciprocate the Federal Government’s gesture.

In the last one month insurgency has been on the rise; not less than three hundred people have been massacred.

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