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Bello urges Kogi tertiary institutions to end cultism by February 29


Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has cautioned heads of tertiary institutions in the state to end to all forms of cultism or be prepared to face the consequences.

The governor gave the directive in a meeting with all the heads of higher institutions in the state last month, just as management of the Kogi State University (KSU), Anyigba took the lead in enforcing the directive.

It had instructed faculty heads to ban all cult activities in the institution before February 28, 2020, a day to the deadline, even as Bello said severe consequences await officials who will deliberately flouted the order.

The warning is coming on the heels of daily reported cases of increasing cult activities in higher institutions of learning across the state. A memo from the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) of the institution signed by Tai Oluwagbemi, a copy of which was obtained by The Guardian yesterday in Abuja, declared February 28, 2020 as a lecture-free day.

“Staff members and students would be given opportunity to renounce membership of any secret cult and whoever fails to avail himself of the opportunity will have himself to blame if caught,” the memo reads in part.

It also urged all departmental heads to relay the information to staff members of the institution, while the members of staff are expected to enlighten the students on the danger of being a cultist, as well as the joy and peace of being a decent student.

A Mass Communication Student of the University, Cecilia Ogunmola told The Guardian that the move was a good step in ending cultism in the Kogi State University, noting that parents who are scared of bringing their children to the institution could now have a rethink.

“There cannot be sound education in an environment where students are scared of sleeping with two eyes closed,” she said and urged the management to review the students’ welfare.

Also, a student of Economics (names withheld) said, “Killing, stealing and cultism are not what we bargained for, so necessary measures should be put in place to tackle terrorism and fight cultism.The state Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, Wemi Jonas, urged heads of institutions in the state to intensify effort and help Governor Bello to eradicate cultism from schools as directed.

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