Saturday, July 29, 2017

FG won’t shut UNIMAID despite terror attacks –Minister

The Minister of Education , Mallam Adamu Adamu, said on Friday that despite the recent attacks by Boko Haram terrorists on the University of Maiduguri , Borno State, and workers of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the Federal Government would not shut down the institution.

The minister said this during a condolence visit to UNIMAID, while commiserating with the school’ s Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Ibrahim Njodi, and other top officials over the brutal killings of some workers of the institution by the Boko Haram insurgents in an ambush .

About 30 civilians and 18 soldiers reportedly died in the ambush .

Adamu said the government was not willing to truncate academic activities in the institution despite the security situation in the state.
He said, “ You demonstrate great courage and resilience to stay here to do your work despite the security challenges.

“We commend you and the government appreciates what you are doing; even to work in Maiduguri requires courage . Before I came here, I had thought of closing down the university , but after listening to the Vice -Chancellor and seeing what you are doing , I felt proud of you.

“The Federal Government will not shut down the university and we will provide you with all the necessary support . ”

Speaking earlier , the Vice - Chancellor, Njodi, said four workers of the university were still missing following the tragic incident.

“We are seriously concerned about their safety ; we have contacted the security to know their whereabouts,” Njodi said.

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