Breaking News

UPDATE: COEASU Calls For Reforms As Collages Resumes Nationwide

Select Language


THE Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) has asked both federal and state governments to properly secure the colleges as preparations for reopening of tertiary institutions across the country continue.

COEASU president, Nuhu Ogirima, speaking in Abuja lamented the parlous security condition of most of the colleges of education, which he said has made them vulnerable to attacks.

He said the union had consistently reminded the government to do the needful to review the 2006 outsource policy to cater for the security needs of the colleges.

He also called on the National Assembly to review the Establishment Act of Federal Colleges of Education, noting that the institutions were being run on obsolete laws.

Ogirima said the Act establishing the federal colleges of education was enacted in 1986, and that by implication, most of the services of these institutions could be conveniently termed illegal in the face of the law.

“The refusal of the Federal Government to provide funds to adequately remunerate the outsourced security staff and others on sundry jobs, and the inability of the colleges to afford the high cost of sourcing and funding good security outfits has made colleges of education much more vulnerable to attack.

“For instance, recall that on 17 September, 2014, the Federal College of Education (FCE), Kano, was attacked by perceived Boko Haram elements. It is on record that the security men at the gate of the college fled at the sight of the armed men.

“Thus, invaders fired sporadic gunshots into one of the lecture theatres, as bomb blasts of the invaders reverberated. While scores of persons were severely injured, 20 people, including three bombers, died from that incident.

“Shortly after the FCE Kano episode, specifically on 12th November, 2014, FCE Kontagora lost a final year male student in a bomb blast by a suicide bomber who infiltrated the college.

“The trauma experienced by many residents of the staff quarters at the time still resonates even years after the terrible experience. Many other colleges of education have had similar brushes with insecurity occasioned by the policy till date.

“Currently, the College of Education, Katsina-Ala, reel under kidnapping, which remains unattended, in spite of all representations to the Benue State government.

“Similarly, and worst of the current predicament, we drew the attention of the Yobe State government to the plight of Bitrus Zakka, a lecturer of Umar Suleiman College of Education, Gashua, kidnapped around Dapchi by Boko Haram elements in November, 2019. It is being rumoured that he may have been killed.”

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, Leye Oyebade has sounded a note of warning to political thugs planning to disrupt the peace of this Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State, saying the police would deal with anyone or group of people found culpable.

The Kaduna State Government on Wednesday announced the appointment of Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli as the 19th Emir of Zazzau. He succeeds Alhaji Shehu Idris who died on Sunday, 20th September, after reigning for 45 years.

The Ondo State High Court, sitting in Akure, on Tuesday, sentenced the Founder and General Overseer of Sotitobire Praising Chapel, Akure, Prophet Babatunde Alfa, to life imprisonment over the disappearance of one year toddler, Gold Kolawole, during Sunday service in his church last year.

About NGstudents (9591 Articles)
NGstudents: For Educational Information, Local And World Breaking News

Say Something !! (Comment)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: