The acting provost of Akwa Ibom State College of Education, Dr Daniel George Udo, towards fulfilling his cardinal pledge to curb insecurity in the institution, on Monday, January 2, flagged off a security structure in the college.
The structure, made up of trained and well experienced security personnel versed with the best tactics to arrest internal insecurity problems, which had long threatened the peace of the college and held students to ransom, would guide the police as well as provide information.
Speaking during the official flag-off, Dr Udo maintained that his administration had zero tolerance to any form of crime and insecurity, and noted that it was committed to ensuring the evils had no foothold in the college.
He stressed that it was such efforts which warranted his administration to partner a viable strong security outfit in the fight against insecurity.
On the latest security development in the institution, Udo said, "The security frame is meant to provide security for staff and students and the entire community.
"Of late, we have been having issues of insecurity ranging from burglary, cultism, phone snatching. And no responsible parent would want to send his/her child to a place that is insecure, that is why we are takling security headlong.
"We are doing everything possible to ensure that whosoever is here for his/her legitimate duty carries out such activities without fear of harassment. So the security frame is to further buttress the point that we have taken responsibility to ensure maximum security in the college.â€
The acting provost assured the staff and students of the college's continued protection of their lives and property. He added that aside security, his administration would ultimately prioritize their overall welfare.
On his part, the manager of the security outfit, Elder George Okon, thanked Udo for partnering his outfit in the fight against insecurity in the college.
Speaking on the level of training the personnel have received, he said, "We have trained them in combat and in many other ways. The same training we give to them here is the same we give to the Police, State Security Service (SSS) even Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). With this team on ground, the school will experience a great change in the area of security.â€
High point of the event was inspection of parade by the provost.
On his part, the registrar of the college, Mr Idorenyin Uko, informed that 2019/2020 academic session of the college began on Monday, January 20, 2020.
He advised students to visit the college's website as well as pay their fees and be ready for the session.
"All students for NCE and Degree programmes are advised to visit the college's website (AKSCOE.EDU.NG) or the ICT Unit of the institution for guidance on payment of acceptance and school fees.
"Normal registration began on January 20, 2020 and ends on February 28, 2020; while late registration with penalty begins on March 2, 2020 and ends on March 20, 2020 and portal will be closed after late registration. There will be no registration after the portal is shut.â€
He furthered that orientation for teaching practice took place on January 29, while teaching practice will commence on February 3, 2020.
"Only qualified year III NCE students will be eligible to proceed on the exercise after payment of complete school fees,â€ he noted.