FUNAAB rejigs timetable, parleys PCRC over security
Surcharges students N5, 000 for destruction of property
In its avowed determination to put paid to incessant robbery attacks that recently rocked off-campus hostels of students, and ultimately led to a violent protest, authorities of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), have taken steps to guard against a reoccurrence.
This is as the school’s Senate, at the end of its recent emergency meeting, approved Monday, October 3, 2016, as the resumption date for normal academic activities.
The students, who have been on an elongated mid-semester break, are resuming after the consideration of a report submitted by the committee set up to look into the students’ unrest.
However, apart from the Senate approving the facilitation of the establishment of a police station in communities opposite the school campus, the school’s administration has directed that no lecture should exceed 6pm daily, in order to allow students get to their homes before dusk, while the internal shuttle services are always available to convey students, who reside outside the campus, close to their destinations.
Also, through the Police Community Relations’ Committee (PCRC), the school is working towards ensuring that hostel owners provide at least, four security personnel for each hotel, and these security men, are to work in conjunction with the security personnel stationed at a strategic location.
According the Head, Directorate of Public Relations, Emi’ Alawode, “The university management has also approved that aside the usual security measures that had been put in place, university and police patrol vehicles would now be stationed at strategic locations, from 6pm to 6am daily, in order to swiftly attend to any distress call, while the internal security team, in collaboration with the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) in the Odeda and Obantoko areas of the state, would continue to take turns, on a daily basis, to patrol the university environs, especially, at night.
The school’s Management, again encouraged the various communities to embrace community policing, vigilante services and support the efforts of both the Nigeria Police and the Department of State Services (DSS), while students have also been enjoined to take security matters more seriously and avoid attracting unnecessary attention to themselves, by always being alert, vigilant about happenings in their surroundings and be swift in contacting the school’s Chief Security Officer (CSO), in case they notice any strange movement or occurrence around their vicinity.
The university Senate also approved the payment of the sum of N5, 000 only, inclusive of REMITA charges per student, as reparation fee, as well as the presentation of a letter of undertaking to be of good conduct from their parents and a sworn affidavit on or before October 4, 2016. The Senate also approved the payment of claims to claimants arising from the damages suffered, as a result of the students’ unrest.
The President of the Students’ Union Government (SUG) of the school, Nwenonye Dennis, in a statement on Tuesday said the SUG has no objection to this reparation fee as a look into history of violent protests both in and outside Nigeria, suggests this is a standard practice.
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