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Summit moves to curb crime in tertiary institutions

A security summit has advanced strategies for the reduction and ultimate prevention of criminal acts in Nigerian tertiary institutions.

The three-day summit organised by the International Centre for Executive Security Training and World Certification Institute at the weekend was held at Transcorp Hotel, Calabar with the theme “Crime, fear and Insecurity in Tertiary Institutions: Challenges, Impact, and Prevention Strategies”.

The security summit was aimed at examining the causes of crimes in tertiary institutions and mapping out preventive strategies in order to ensure a safer and quiet environment for learning, teaching and research in tertiary institutions of Nigeria.

The keynote speaker, Professor O.B.C. Nwolise, of the Department of Political Science of the University of Ibadan, and other resource persons including Professor Rowland Ndoma-Egba, former vice-chancellor, University of Ife and Professor M.O. Faborode, former Secretary General of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors proffered practical solutions on the way forward.

The speakers observed that crime wave in Nigerian tertiary institutions has become serious threats to life and property, as well as dedicated learning, teaching and research. They identified some of the causes of insecurity such as cultism, drug abuse, untrained security personnel, poor funding, ill-equipped libraries, accommodation, sporting, workshops, laboratories, poor family upbringing and faulty character building curriculum.

The summit, therefore, recommended that government and society should give very urgent attention to trending crime wave in tertiary institutions to mitigate their impact. In addition, there should be a well designed dedicated curriculum for character moulding for students in tertiary institutions in Nigeria to balance the curriculum which is currently only academic learning focused.

Parents and the society at large should take the socialisation of their children and the young ones more seriously.

This will enable them to know early enough unacceptable behaviours that are detrimental to their development.

They called on government and owners of private tertiary institutions to adequately fund their institutions and provide the facilities relevant for interesting learning and teaching.

The government should use intelligence personnel to fish and flush out cultists and criminals from tertiary institutions as well as create a database for students expelled from any tertiary institution to be shared by all such institutions.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.