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Provost tasks Lalong on security in Plateau college

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Acting Provost, College of Education, Gindiri, Plateau State, Prof. Cletus Gotan, has appealed to the Visitor of the College, Governor Simon Lalong, to take proactive steps towards securing the institution against rape and armed robbery.

Gotan made the disclosure during the school’s 28th-33rd combined convocation, where the first civilian governor of the state, the late Chief Solomon Lar; were honoured alongside the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Ahmed Idris; and three others at the weekend.

The event held at the College Convocation Square, Gindiri.

“Majority of our students are currently housed off-campus, a situation which makes it difficult to adequately secure them, especially the girls who are vulnerable to abuse of all sorts. In fact, cases of rape, abuse and even death have been recorded.

“To underscore our priority on security, I would also like to appeal to government to consider the siting of a police outpost somewhere close to the college gate, to provide additional security to our students and curb theft and rape, which seem to be on the rise around off-campus hostels,” Gotan added.

He challenged the students to be good ambassadors of the college and be conscious of corruption, fraudsters and election riggers.

Consequently, Lalong directed the Commissioner of Police to establish a police post in the college to avert further assault and killing of students.

“I have noted the challenges enumerated by the acting provost about the issues relating to infrastructure, security funding among others.

“On security, we shall make necessary contact with the people and relevant security agencies to facilitate the siting of a police outpost close to the college premises to help curb crime in and around the campus,” he said.

Meanwhile member representing Langtang North/South in the House of Representatives, Beni Lar, the first civilian governor’s daughter, who received the award on behalf of the family, said there was no insecurity in Plateau when her father reigned in 1979.

She noted that her late father, who established the college in 1980 when he was governor, also established 100 secondary and primary schools in Plateau and Nasarawa states.

Her late father believed in human development, she said, adding that most Plateau leaders were beneficiaries of his scholarship.


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