The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu has urged Deans and Deputy Deans of Students affairs in tertiary institutions across the country to develop a proactive approach in handling the emerging trend of insecurity and other vices on the campuses.
Malam Adamu gave the charge during the opening ceremony of a one-day workshop for Deans and Deputy Deans of Students’ Affairs of all federal tertiary education institutions in the country organised by the Federal Ministry of Education, recently in Abuja.
According to him, Deans of Students’ Affairs are key stakeholders entrusted with the responsibility of addressing challenges facing students in their respective institutions in the face of rising security challenges, students’ restiveness, cultism and other social vices.
In his words: “Permit me to throw the challenge to the ivory towers to fashion out watertight solutions to the seeming intractable security challenges facing the country. With the immense capacity and sagacity of our intellectuals in our institutions, I have no doubt that this is a challenge that will be readily accepted.”
The Minister, represented by the Director, Tertiary Education, Mrs. Fatima Ahmad, called on them to use the knowledge gained during the interactions to engender an environment that would be conducive for students to learn and actualise their dreams of becoming good and responsive citizens.
He assured the Students’ Affairs officers of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration commitment and determination to support every idea that will make not only the tertiary institutions safe haven for students and workers, but making the whole length and breadth of the nation safe enough for social, economic and, most importantly, educational prosperity.
In her welcome address, Director, Tertiary Education, represented by Deputy Director, Institutional Support, Ms Ann Haruna, said that the workshop aimed at addressing the Students’ Affairs Officers on issues of national importance.
She said the theme of the workshop, Towards Effective Security & Safety on Our Campuses, is the part of a series of security seminars/safety workshops to sensitise management officers in the tertiary institutions in the country about security management with a view to reducing insecurity to the barest minimum in the campuses.