The Federal Science and Technical College, Aka Offot, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has urged the Federal Government to strengthen security around the school to protect the all-girls institution from hoodlums and rapists. The school is the only girls’ Federal Science and Technical College in the country.
The school, which also called on the Federal Government to provide the institution with more physical and academic facilities, said improved security would save the girls from hoodlums and rapists who always attack the institution. Specifically, the school Chairman, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, Federal Science and Technical College chapter, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Isaac Udoh, said lack of perimeter fencing for the school had caused a lot of security challenges for the school.
Speaking in Uyo on Thursday, Udoh noted that the girls were in grave danger of being attacked by hoodlums who have broken into the college to steal property and harass the pupils severally. He added that the frequency of the incident had caused the college to mount security to keep the girls safe.
He said, “These are serious cases, the Federal Government must urgently come to our aid. The first one is the perimeter fencing of the college. This is a girls’ school and we have over 1,000 pupils. It is difficult to keep them when there is nothing like fence surrounding the school. If these girls had not been properly trained we would have been experiencing a lot of pains.”
He said the school was doing well in both science and technical courses and the laurels it has won in competitions would justify the claims. “The pupil population has always been on the increase. About five years ago we have about 550 pupils. Since then the population had increased to 606, then 780 and now we have 1,150 as pupils,” he added.