Staff and student unions at the University of Maiduguri have called on the federal government to take urgent measures to protect the institution from incessant Boko Haram attacks.
The joint unions made the call at a press conference in Maiduguri.
The unions are the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), as well as the Student Union Government.
The spokesman of the unions and chairman of ASUU in the institution, Dr Dani Mamman said the call became necessary following recent spate of terrorist attacks on the institution which is beyond what the school management could tackle and which the federal government has shown no sign of addressing.
“We call on the federal government to take immediate step to protect us from the onslaught of this desperate marauders through a special intervention. This is because the scope of the security problem is beyond the university management and governing council.”
The unions noted that constructing a fence around the institution will go a long way in fortifying it against the attacks of the daredevil insurgents.
About NGN3b is required for such fortification and fencing of the university.
The University of Maiduguri has always been a target of Boko Haram attacks since the birth of their insurgency.
A Boko Haram suicide bombing at the institution on Sunday June 25, 2017 claimed about 16 lives and left dozens critically injured.
This is despite the federal government’s continuing claim of victory over the Islamist insurgents.