Maj.- Gen. Augustine Agundu, Commandant of Operation Safe Heaven (OPSH) also known as Special Task Force (STF) in Plateau, has called on Regulating Authorities of Nigeria’s education industry to take stringent steps to stem the rising spate of criminality in educational institutions in the country.
Agundu made the call on Tuesday when the Vice Chancellor, Plateau State University (PLASU), Bokkos, Prof. Yahanna Izam, paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
“I wish to admonish the nation’s educational regulatory body to return to the drawing board and fine tune both the curriculum and existing laws, in order to widen the scope of university administration.
“This is simply to address the contemporary needs and challenges of the educational sector; looking at recent threats to peace and industrial harmony in our institutions, across the country.
“Urgent steps need to be taken to provide antidotes to the rising spate of criminality and undue radicalism, among the undergraduates, due to the erosion of morals and values, ” he said.
The STF Commander advocated for the introduction of laws and regulations which must be firmly administered in our educational institutions in order to restore the sanity which characterised such institutions in the past.
He said, “the era of allowing unhindered freedom to students, which has become elastic, is over.”
He said that what was paramount was securing the nation’s territorial and internal borders, and that “it is the collective responsibility of all Nigerians.”
Agundu said that Nigeria could only achieve its aspirations in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity and urged the management of the university to strategise with its immediate community toward finding common grounds that would engender peaceful coexistence.
He directed a team of his officers to come up with a security survey of PLASU to assist the university tackle its security challenges within one week.
Earlier, Izam said that his management team embarked on the courtesy call to solicit for cooperation toward addressing the security challenges that the university was facing.
“We are in dire need of your assistance to tackle some of our security challenges in view of the recent unfortunate incidents of invasion of the female hostel, as a result of which a student lost his life.
“The peculiar situation of Plateau State University as a result of its semi urban location and large expanse of land, poses great security risks.
“This risk requires external assistance from the security organisation to address more, because its students population is increasing annually,” he said.
Edited by Olabisi Akinbode and Abdullahi Yusuf
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