The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University Lokoja (FUL), Professor Olayemi Akinwumi, has engaged the services of 60 hunters to beef up security at the university.
Akinwumi disclosed this on Monday during a press briefing to mark the commencement of the fifth convocation ceremonies of the institution slated for Monday, November 8 to Sunday, November 14, 2021.
He also noted that the 60 hunters will complement the efforts of the police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in providing adequate security of life and property to the students and staff of the institution at the Felele campus.
He assured parents that the institution will not leave any stone unturned in providing adequate security to guarantee the lives of students and staff at the main campus of the university.
He added that the students will not be moved to the hostels until the management is satisfied with the security architect of the institution, saying the topography of the campus calls for concern.
“The management of this institution will not toy with the security of students and staff of the university. We have seen what happened just recently in some tertiary institutions in the country where professors and their children were kidnapped on the campuses.
“We have engaged over 60 hunters to and they have mapped out areas where criminals can use as an escape route and we will block those areas. Until we are satisfied with the security here in the permanent site of the university, we will not move students to the hostels for now,” he said.
Speaking on the convocation, the vice-chancellor revealed that 804 graduands will be conferred with degrees and postgraduate diplomas, noting that honorary degrees would also be conferred on eminent personalities that have contributed immensely to the development of Nigeria.
The vice-chancellor who stated that paucity of funds has been a major challenge of the university noted that the institution has witnessed tremendous and rapid growth in terms of academic programmes, infrastructural development, research and innovation.