As a precautionary measure aimed at improving the security situation in Kwara State University, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Mustapha Akanbi SAN has appealed to the Commandant of 22 Armored Brigade, Brigadier General A.E Abubakar to increase surveillance patrol of his men around KWASU and its environs.
He made this call when he, along with other Principal Officers, paid a courtesy visit to the Commandant at Sobi Barracks.
Professor Akanbi said the need for tighter security, especially around tertiary institutions in the country has become very imperative at this time when universities and other educational facilities have become targets for bandits and kidnappers.
Professor Akanbi who pointed out the possibility of an affiliation of some courses between the Nigeria Army College of Education located in the Sobi Baracks and KWASU also urged Brigadier General Abubakar to encourage men and officers of 22 Armored Brigade to key into the opportunities for further studies offered by KWASU’S Institute of Professional Studies and Continuous Education and Institute of Distance and e-learning. He disclosed that KWASU will soon commence a Bachelor’s Degree in Peace Studies and noted that the Nigerian Army should be major beneficiaries of this course.
In his response, the Commandant, Brig. Gen. Abubakar commended the top management of KWASU for its unflinching effort at ensuring the security of lives and properties of the University community.
He stated that it is imperative for every individual to become proactive when it comes to security issues. “Security is not the job of uniformed security personnel alone. Every individual must be aware of the security situation around his environment”, he said.
The Brigadier General assured the University of the Battalion’s commitment to deterring any form of aggression in and around the state as a whole.
He noted that his men who were already in a continuous exercise of patrolling Malete and its environs, will also work with the security unit of KWASU to come up with a thorough security assessment of the University to ensure adequate security of lives and properties.
The Commandant welcomed the idea of an affiliation of courses between KWASU and the Army College of Education and also subscribed to the need for a committee to look into modalities of affiliation between the two institutions. He said that the Army has a corps of highly trained resource people.