The University of Abuja has mounted a 24-hour security patrol within the campus and University’s staff quarters following the recent kidnapping incident at the staff quarters.
Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of University of Abuja Governing Council, Prof Modibbo Mohammed stated this at a retreat organised by the University Council for Principal Officers, Deans, Directors, and the university-based unions in Abuja.
Prof Modibbo explained that the institution has also engaged the services of hunters and vigilantes to boost its security and to ensure the safety of staff and students.
Speaking on the theme of the retreat, “Navigating Myriad of Challenges in Managing Universities in Today’s World,” Professor Modibbo said University Abuja was making efforts to partner with several international organisations and foreign universities on alternative funding for the university.
“Almost every week, we have one ambassador or the other visiting the university. They have selected the University of Abuja to pilot some of the collaborations they want to do with not only Nigerian universities but the Nigerian government”.
“The Netherland government want to establish a dairy research centre and we will find it useful for the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Faculty of Agriculture where they will establish and promote research into veterinary challenges, into milk production, research into agriculture from China, Netherlands so that they will now use our students.
On sexual harassment in the university system, Prof Modibbo revealed that over 10 cases had been transferred to the university’s disciplinary committee and persons found guilty would be brought to book.
Declaring the retreat open, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono emphasised the need for inward/alternative funding rather than continuous dependence on the government.
He added that in the face of dwindling funding, unproductive courses in the universities system needed to be taken off.
Reporting by Daniel Adejo; editing by Muzha Kucha