Buhari Task Tertiary Institutions On Safety Of Students

Bauchi – President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday gave a strong warning to governing councils and management of federal institutions of learning to take the safety of their students seriously.

The President gave the warning through a Presidential Assessment Committee which visited ATBU, Bauchi, to assess the collapsed pedestrian bridge on Friday and commiserate.

The committee which was led by Permanent Secretary of the federal ministry of Education, Architect Sunny Echono, with TETFund Executive Secretary, Professor Elias Bogoro, as members among others, later entered a session with the management and Governing Council of ATBU shortly after the inspection of the collapsed bridge.

Addressing the Pro chancellor Ambassador Nomita Akanbi, the Vice Chancellor Professor Muhammad Abdulazeez, Echono conveyed the condolence message from the President saying that he was deeply touched by the unfortunate incident that led to the loss of lives.

He said: “Mr President was deeply touched and has given a firm directive that this (what happened at ATBU) is a wakeup call for all of us in the education sector. He sent the message across to all the Governing Councils, Vice Chancellors of Universities, Rectors of our Polytechnics, and provosts of Colleges of Education to henceforth ensure that they prioritised the safety and welfare of our students.”

Echono disclosed that based on an earlier on the spot assessment of the scene of the incident by officials from the ministry including the

University Technical Team to carry out physical measurement and assessment, he assured that the Committee would make recommendations

to the President in order to address the immediate and projected needs of the University Community.

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