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We have taken maximum measures to secure Unijos – Acting VC

By Polycarp Auta

As academic activities resume at the University of Jos, Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Gray Ejikeme said the institution has taken the necessary and maximum measures to secure staff and students.

Ejikeme, who revealed this during an interaction with reporters Wednesday in Jos, added that the measures had become necessary for the safety of staff and students.

The Nigerian News Agency recalls that the university suspended its academic activities for the 2019/2020 session in August, following the resurgence of insecurity in Jos et Evirons.

Some university students have been killed while many of them have been seriously injured in the recent civil unrest.

He said the university management had ordered the resumption of academic activities on Monday, after carefully examining the situation.

Ejikeme explained that security personnel had been stationed in and around the university to avoid past events in which students were killed or injured during unrest.

“The university senate at its 7th extraordinary meeting for the 2019/2020 academic session approved the resumption of academic activities as of Monday, October 11.

“This was after reviewing management’s report on providing a visible physical security presence in and around college campuses.

“As I speak to you, we have made all necessary arrangements for security personnel to be physically present on the various routes and hot spots where our students live.

“They are stationed in strategic locations for the safety of staff and students because we cannot afford to continue losing them,” he said.

The acting vice-chancellor has assured parents and guardians of students of the safety of their children and wards.

He added that the university’s internal security had been strengthened and staff had been trained in modern security techniques, especially intelligence gathering.

However, he called on the Plateau government and security agencies to ensure a greater deployment of staff in neighboring communities for the safety of his students.

Ejikeme added that management has stepped up efforts to provide additional hostel accommodation to accommodate more students on college campuses.

He also called on residents of communities around the university to cooperate with the institution for their growth and development.

“The host communities must support the growth of the university; they should stop encroaching on our lands.

“In doing so, the university will not only offer admission for their children, but also employment opportunities and also develop the whole region,” he added.

Source: NAN

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