The Vice Chancellor Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Professor Abu Kasim Adamu has stressed the need to completely overhaul the security architecture in all tertiary institutions in the country.
This was contained in his welcome address during presentations by Chamsmobile e-education Solutions, (CEEDS), LAAG Technology, Metaspec Consult limited and Metropolitan Industrial Technology limited who visited the University to interface with the Management on the technological means of providing additional security services to both public and private Institutions in Nigeria.
He expressed the hope that when this is done, the stories of kidnap, cultism and even examination malpractices would reduce to the nearest minimum.
Professor Adamu maintain that a situation where students are deeply involved in all manner of crimes calls for a rethink, adding that stakeholders’ involvement in curbing the situation was urgently needed.
In his presentation the Residents Consultant of Chamsmobile and LAAG Technology, Mr Akindolu Victor Taiwo said it is very important for all Tertiary institutions across the country to restrengthen their security apparatus to ensure safety and well-being of all students and staff.
He said security is everybody’s business and security challenges is one of the major issues bedeviling the country and the world at large, adding that gone were the days when we all rely on human to protect and provides security.
Mr. Akindolu reiterated that it was paramount to device means of complementing the existing security apparatus, with technology-based devices, aside from the fact that students are known for papetirating havoc on the campus, some even after graduation.
The Residents Consultant added that they brought devices that would monitor students movement in their classroom, hostels, examination halls and on campus, saying the device would reduce the issues of harassment to the bearest minimum.
Shedding more light, the Head of Enterprise Solution for Chamsmobile e-education Solutions, Mr. Adeleke Akinsomi explained how campus biometric information technology could be used to enhance the security architecture of the University, stressing that insecurity over the campus could be classified as, examination malpractice and access control to restricted places on campus.
Mr. Akinsomi said what the company is proposing to the University is a biometric system that would grantee security and access control, time management through their unique biometric.
He added that they wanted a system where the University monitors who and who are allowed into the premises with a guarantee of a secured system over a secured network with necessary security certifications.
Also, the Head of LAAG Technology, Mr Kolawole Emanuel presented how surveillance cameras and security devices that could be deployed using optic fiber cables and use to compliment security on campus.
Mr. Kolawole highlighted some of the benefits of these surveillance cameras and security devices and said due to prevailing security situations on campus and around the country, it is very important that every institution and individual take serious security measures.
Meanwhile the Head of deligation of Metaspec Consult Limited, Mr. Michael Oladeji gave an overview on how to use smart card to enhance security efficiency on campus .
He said the NFC cards digitalises all the operations of the University, for example payments of school fees and other fees like those of association, departmental and so on.
Mr. Oladeji also explained that the cards could also help the Management of the University to know how many students register for a semester, and how many lecturers attended a lecture, and that it could also be used as staff attendance.
He said it also works as access control and identifier for students and staff and at the same time serves as audit to know who is where and when.
In a similar development, the management of Metropolitan Industrial technology Limited proposed the use of technology to compliment the existing security system.
The Managing Director of Metropolitan Industrial Limited, Engineer Maranatha Ugorji gave a background information about the company which he said dated back to Singapore where it was registered and also worked within Asia before returning to Nigeria.
He said they have been able to work with banks, oil Companies and top government offices in regards to solutions they provide.
He explained some of the packages the company provides which include terminal units, USB finger prints, scanner, and report generation software which is a customized software for every client so as third party cannot hack into the system, saying the software is usually designed for a particular clients.
Mr. Ugorji said as part of solution to security challenges on the campus, the company provides a customize walkie talkie phone for patrolmen and women that can cover a long range or distance with a durable batteries for clear and effective communication among the security men on duty.
He also added that they have another solution called the solar power wireless security surveillance which is a solution that is powered by solar energy.
Comments and observations were made by members of the University Management on each presentation.