By Mustapha Alhassan
Heads of security agencies in Niger State have given assurances of their determination to synergize towards ensuring the safety of lives and property of staff and students of the Federal University of Technology, Minna.
They gave the assurances on Thursday, May 27, 2021when members of the Presidential Visitation Panel to the University, accompanied by Principal Officers of the institution, paid them courtesy visits in their respective offices in Minna.
This was after the Visitation Panel Chairman, Prof. Nicholas Damachi, had apprised each of his hosts of the objectives and terms of reference of the Panel. He also disclosed that they decided to have the interaction with the security agencies with a view to getting inputs on the best way to secure the University so that they can have a thorough exercise and accordingly advise the President who is the Visitor to the University.
Prof. Damachi thanked them for working day and night to secure the University.
The first port of call was the Headquarters, 31 Artillery, Brigade, Nigerian Army, Minna where the Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. Ademola Adedoja, with his staff officers, gave the entourage a warm reception.
Gen. Adedoja, who is also an alumnus of the University, promised to work in conjunction with other security agencies to ensure that nothing unpleasant happens to FUT, Minna.
The Brigade Commander noted that the existing good relationship between the University and the Brigade, which has enabled many of their officers to further their education.
He however, implored the University authorities to ensure to always provide timely and adequate information.
At the Headquarters of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the State Commandant Haruna Bala Zurmi who received members of the Panel and the Principal Officers, expressed appreciation for their deeming it fit to visit his Command.
Commandant Zurmi who made suggestions on how to secure the University premises acknowledged the synergy among the various security agencies in the State, adding that security of the campus is of great concern to them.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, fsssn, thanked the NSCDC Commandant for sharing his views, noting that they were thinking alike.
He said that the University would follow up with a formal proposal on some of the issues raised.
Commissioner of Police, Nigeria Police, Niger State Command, CP Adamu Usman was, along with other senior officers, on hand to receive the visitors at the Niger State Police Command.
CP Usman who expressed happiness over the visit, appreciated the Vice-Chancellor for the cordial relationship between the State Police Command and the University.
His words, ” throughout my sojourn in the Nigerian Police, I think this is the only place where the Vice-Chancellor visits the Police.”
He assured that the University remains a focal point for the Command adding that the cordial relationship is not just with the VC but also the Student Union.
CP Usman disclosed that the Police was reviewing the security architecture of the institution, in addition to having joint patrols with other security agencies and the University Security Services.
He prayed God to guide the Panel to come up with an acceptable report.
Commenting, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, thanked the Police Commissioner for granting them audience. He acknowledged the support the University has been getting from Police.
” There is no doubt that the intervention of the Nigeria Police in recent times has actually calmed nerves and facilitated confidence, and we are very grateful for this,” Prof. Bala said, even as gave assurances that the institution will remain a reliable partner in progress.
He disclosed that the University and Bosso Local Government Council were collaborating to ensure a full fledged Divisional Police Station at the University’s host community, Gidan Kwano.
Responding, CP Usman assured that once the structure is put in place, the Divisional Police Station will be set up at the community. He commended the institution for setting up the Police outpost in the community.
On his part, the State Director of Security (SDS), Mohammed Wakili, told the Panel members that the sole responsibility of the Department of State Security (DSS) is to procure and share intelligence.
He disclosed that the University is part of consumers of such intelligence and further advised on how best to secure the institution.
The Director pointed out that contemporary security challenges are different from previous ones, hence the need to train the University’s security personnel.
He expressed belief that the visit would strengthen the relationship between the institution and his organisation.
In his comments, Vice-Chancellor thanked the Director for the support the Service has been giving the University.
Photos by Elijah Yisa

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