Governor Abiodun warns security agents over harassment of students
Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has yielded to the call of students of Gateway ICT Polytechnic, Saapade, to save them the from incessant harassment they suffer from local security agents operating within their campus.
The students made this appeal when the Governor, who was represented by Special Assistant on Student Affairs, Azeez Adeyemi, met with them to discuss ways to improve their welfare.
A National Diploma II student of Marketing identified as Blessing Adeyi stated that the harassment was getting unbearable as they are been treated like kids.
She further explained that the security agents have the permission and support of the school management, especially the Dean of Students Affairs, to beat students, regardless of their gender.
Adeyi revealed how she was recklessly beaten and dragged by the security for allegedly wearing a top they considered ‘inappropriate’ for the polytechnic.
“The moment you have an issue with one of them, others will join and they will start slapping you, dragging you like a criminal. They once beat me and slapped me for wearing this top. That’s why I wore it today, maybe they will beat me again. Then, people will know what they are doing is not good,” she explained.
The Governor who was represented by his Special Assistant on Student Affairs, Azeez Adeyemi, noted that he would not allow any form of harassment from security operatives on students of the polytechnic.
He appreciated the school management for ensuring good conducts in the institution, he, however, warned the school management not to expose them to any form of harassment.
“I have told our students to eschew cultism, indecency, violence among other social vices and I know they are law-abiding. I won’t allow anybody security agent to harass them for any reason. If they violate any rules, please handle them with dignity and respect; be professional in dealing with them,” he warned.
Adeyemi promised the state government will work with the Chairman of Remo North Local Government to drill boreholes in students populated areas within the host communities, build accommodation, and make classrooms conducive for learning.
The Rector of the polytechnic, Isaiah Oyeyinka, recalled how he has transformed the institution from shambles to what it is now, within five years. He said the polytechnic is currently running 31 accredited programmes on full-time and part-time bases, adding that more accreditation of courses at HND levels are underway.