By George Odok
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Professor Florence Obi, asked the Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo, to build a naval station on the Qua River next to university.
She said it would reduce the various cases of insecurity emanating from the activities of thugs who use the river to get to the university.
Obi made the call in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) Thursday in Calabar.
She said most of the security issues at the university were due to the free movement of thugs across the river.
According to her, there have been cases of attempted kidnapping of lecturers by suspected kidnappers who entered the speakers’ quarters by the river.
She said that the construction of the naval station by the Navy Chief of Staff would significantly reduce cases of security concerns the university is currently facing.
“The unfortunate events of violence that followed the Endsars campaign left university security completely prostrate and unable to meet its challenges in the community.
“When taking up their duties, security personnel had to be retrained, reoriented and reinvigorated, in addition to having to provide them with essential equipment for operational efficiency.
“The strategic advice and cooperation of the heads of state departments has strengthened our strength and confidence in the face of security challenges on campus.
“The construction of a naval station on the Qua rivers next to the university has not yet materialized long after approval. I want to call on the new CNS to look into the matter and come to our aid, ”she said.
The VC said the problem of criminals using the river as a road to carry out their nefarious activities has not abated.
She acknowledged the cooperation of the traditional leaders of the host communities, saying that it had fostered a harmonious coexistence between the university and the communities.
“The engagements with these communities on the part of my administration and my preparation to carry out our corporate social responsibility have strengthened confidence and strengthened our relationships,” she added. (NOPE)
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