Acting Provost, College of Education, Gindiri, Plateau State, Monsignor Prof. Cletus Gotan.

By M. Peter – Jos.

The Acting Provost, College of Education, Gindiri, Plateau State, Monsignor Prof. Cletus Gotan has appealed to Governor Simon Lalong to tighten security in the College in order to curb incidences of rape and armed robbery in the institution.

Gotan made the appeal on during the combined 28th – 33rd convocation ceremony, where the first Civilian Governor of the State, Late Chief Solomon Lar, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Maje and three others were honoured.

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The late Lar established the College and Maje started his career at the College before joining politics.

The Acting Provost said, “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 rapes, abuse and even deaths have been recorded.”

“To underscore our priority on security, I appeal to Government to consider the sitting of a Police out post somewhere close to the College gate, to provide additional security to our students and to curb incidences of theft, rape and arm robbery, which seems to be on the rise around the off campus hostels which have high concentration of our students.”

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Meanwhile, Governor Lalong who is the Visitor of the College, has directed the Commissioner of Police in Plateau to establish a police post in the College.

“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 sitting of a Police out post close to the College premises to help in curbing the incidences of crime in and around the school campus.”

Member representing Langtang North/Langtang South in the House of Representatives, Hon. Beni Lar, who is the daughter of Late Chief Lar received the College’s award on behalf of her family.

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She said her late father who established the College in 1980 when he was the Governor of the state also established 100 secondary and primary schools in Plateau and Nasarawa States.

Beni Lar said her late father believed in human development, held that most Plateau leaders were beneficiaries of his late father’s scholarship.