The need for synergy between town and gown in the security architecture of higher Institutions have again been stressed.
The Vice Chancellor, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Professor Abu Kasim Adamu stressed this when he, on behalf of the University Management received Lapai Emirate Security Committee on a courtesy visit at the main campus, Lapai.
Professor Adamu opined that if security was actually everybody’s business, then all hands must be on deck to curb insecurity, especially as it affects higher Institutions of learning.
He expressed delight with the presence of the Committee and assured that the University Management would improve on its assistance to the Committee on quarterly basis.
The Vice Chancellor observed that security challenge in Lapai became more pronounced with over seventy percent of students living off campus, and appealed to the Security Committee to advise landlords to make accommodation more affordable for students.
On drug abuse, the Vice Chancellor called for constant sensitization and awareness of students to curb the menace, maintaining that drug abuse has been what escalated insecurity.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Air Vice Marshal Ibrahim Abdullahi Kure appreciated the University Management for its support and cooperation in making sure insecurity in the emirate is a thing of the past.
Speaking on students accommodation and drug abuse, he disclosed that the Committee would appeal to His Royal Highness, the Etsu Lapai and the Council Chairman to come to the aid of the University, stressing that vigorous campaign against drug abuse was needed to protect the lives and property.
Air Vice Marshal Kure who said the Committee was ready to partner with University Management on curbing the twin evils of insecurity and drug abuse, called for proactive measures, affirming that training and retraining of the Security personnel was necessary.
Giving a vote of thanks, the Registrar, Alhaji Idris Saleh Kusherki described the visit as timely, considering the prevailing situation in the country.
He said the University Management would do everything humanly possible to ensure that peace reigned on the campus and its environs.
The Registrar thanked the Etsu Lapai, Engr. Umaru Bago Tafida, for always being there for the University.