The Federal Government Wednesday, said urgent steps have been taken to boost security in all tertiary institutions in Nigeria to protect students and staff of the schools against Boko Haram attacks.
Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau made this known at the Federal College of Education (Technical), Omoku, Rivers State during the impact assessment tour of public tertiary institutions in the state.
Shekarau, while reacting to the assertion of the Provost of the College, Dr. Bassey Ubong, that insecurity has been one of the major challenges faced by the institution, condemned the spate of attacks on schools in the North East and the activities of kidnappers in the southern part of the country.
“Our critical problem is insecurity. Between 2010 and now, 23 of our staff and some members of their families were kidnapped. One is presumed dead since he did come out with the two others that were with him. We wrote to you on this matter recently,” said Udong.
He therefore pleaded with the minister that funds should be made available to the institution for full perimeter fencing of Campus 2 of the College. He also urged the Federal Government to intensify effort to end kidnapping in the entire Omoku community were the College is located.
Shekarau promised that the Federal Government was working towards ending insurgency once and for all.
While at the school, the minister commissioned the ICT/Micro-teaching laboratory, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) project.