From Fred Ezeh, Abuja
College of Abuja (UniAbuja) has engaged the providers of area hunters and vigilantes to complement the efforts of the typical police and other safety agents in a bid to protected its both of those campus, employees, students and other infrastructures in the college.
This, was maybe, in response to recent invasion of the University employees quarters found along Abuja-Lokoja expressway, Giri, Abuja, by bandits which led to the kidnap of some staff of the College alongside some members of their households.
Professional-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Mohammed Ahmed Modibbo, who disclosed the info at a retreat organised by the Governing Council for Principal Officers, Deans, Administrators and the College-based unions at the weekend, in Abuja, added that the establishment has also commenced a round-the-clock security patrol of the university to make sure the safety of staff and pupils of the university.
His phrases: “We have now mounted continual 24 several hours stability patrol, not only within the campus and household areas, but in just perimeters fences of the university. We have also utilized extra hunters and vigilantes to be patrolling in areas that are not fenced.”
He mentioned the Governing Council was also performing out prepare to make certain respectable accommodation for staff via the involvement of traders and other relevant bodies.
Talking on the theme of the retreat : “Navigating Myriad of Difficulties in Managing Universities in Today’s Planet,” Modibbo advocated impressive strategies of boosting more funding for the institutions.
He mentioned UniAbuja was creating initiatives to also lover numerous international organisations and foreign universities on alternative funding for the university.
“In the earlier several weeks, we have had one particular country Ambassador or the other checking out the university with proposals and options. University of Abuja was lately picked to pilot some of the collaborations.
“For instance, the Netherland government want to create a dairy research centre. We uncover it beneficial for the university. The Schools of Veterinary Drugs and Agriculture would leverage on it to promote analysis into veterinary issues, into milk production, analysis into agriculture from China, from Netherlands so that they would now use our college students.”
Modibbo, nevertheless, disclosed that about 10 conditions of sexual harassment experienced been transferred to the university’s disciplinary committee and persons identified responsible would be introduced to book.
Vice Chancellor of the College, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, recommended the Governing Council for the retreat, stating that it was beneficial for the administration employees of the College.
Prof. Na’Allah, even so, expressed problems around the unfavorable techniques that held sway in the College ahead of his assumption of business, and the seeming resistance staying place up by some team in the quest to handle the anomalies.
According to him, some of the hitherto difficulties consist of absence of right learners history, sexual harassment, managing of senior academic team programs by component-time lecturers, spiritual and ethnic agenda, amongst other folks.
Declaring the retreat open, Everlasting Secretary, Federal Ministry of Instruction, Sonny Echono, billed universities to be extra proactive to tackle their problems, specifically in the space of sustainable funding.
Echono challenged individuals at the retreat not to normally count on the authorities spending plan to run the university but look inward for option supply of funding to retain the college heading.
He even further reported that in the facial area of dwindling funding, unproductive courses not intended to be made available in the universities process need to be taken off.