Federal University, Lokoja employs 60 hunters over security concerns

No fewer than 60 hunters have been employed by the management of Federal University Lokoja, FUL, to secure the vicinity


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Federal University, Lokoja employs 60 hunters over security concerns
Prof. Olayemi Durotimi Akinwumi (middle)


 

No fewer than 60 hunters have been employed by the management of Federal University Lokoja, FUL, to secure the vicinity of the institution, Our Kogi State Correspondent reports.

 

Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Olayemi Durotimi Akinwumi, made the disclosure today, Monday November 8, during a press briefing held as part of activities lined up to mark the 5th convocation ceremony of the university.

 

Akinwumi, said the management was conscious of the growing insecurity in the country, adding that the hunters are familiar with the terrain and would help to protect lives and property in the institution.

 

The VC, who clocked 266 days in office today, said the institution had liaised with security agencies, such as Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Nigerian Police, Army and local vigilante, to ensure that the university is safe and conducive for learning.

 

He said, "We are aware of the security situation in the country. That is why we have taken proactive steps to avert any security breach. Recently in Abuja, some armed bandits invaded the university (University of Abuja) kidnapped Professors and their kids. This is a wake-up call for us to be very vigilant. The management has engaged local hunters and by extension other security network, to ensure that our staff and students are safe. 

 

"That is the more reason we are not allowing them to stay more than 4-5 PM in our Felele Campus. Our duty as management is to ensure that the running of the school system is not disrupted".

 

The Vice Chancellor, added that all was set for the fifth convocation ceremony of the institution. According to him, 804 graduands will be conferred with degrees and postgraduate diploma.

 

"The classification of degrees to be awarded is as follows: First Class Honours 14, Second Class Upper Division 188, Second Class Lower Division 441, Third Class Honours 95 and Post Graduate 66. 

 

When asked about the ongoing staff audit in Federal University Lokoja, Prof Akinwumi, noted that the exercise was not meant to witch-hunt any individual, but to ensure that staff working in the school have the professional qualification to do so.

 

He assured that all ghost workers will be weeded out of the university.

 

"Some people have started begging that they want to move from academic to none academic staff. I am not here to witch -hunt anybody, but to ensure that sanity returns to the university system", he said.



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Odimayo Olatunde Frederick
graduate of Mass Communication and Kogi State Correspondent of Fresh Angle International Newspaper
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