press releaseBy Gilbert Ankrah /Richie Osei Asiedu
Parliament has expressed concerns over the spate of nefarious activities on the campuses of universities in the country, with a call on university authorities to intensify measures aimed at providing adequat security on their campuses.
According to the legislators , widespread theft, assaults, rape, armed robberies, possession of weapons, use of narcotic drugs, among others, are on a rise in universities and is affecting academic work.
The MPs who were contributing to a statement by the MP for Efigya-Sekyere East, David Hennric Yeboah, on security situation in universitis in the country urged the heads of universities to intensify security on their campuses as well as private hostels that provide accommodation to their students.
David Hennric Yeboah in his statement said "The university security system must establish its presence by posting some of its security personnel to these private hostels and equip them with the necessary equipment to help them go about their work smoothly".
Mr Yeboah urged the heads of universities to install CCT surveillance cameras on major corridors in their campuses and private hostels.
He noted that "the university authorities should list all security programmes to all private hostels to follow. Any hostel that fails the security programmes should be blacklisted as hostel for the university".
He encouraged students to report criminal activities or emergencies occurring at their hostels immediately to porters or front desk officers at the private students' hostel or to any security officer available.
The Effigya-Sekyere East MP urged security officers to also conduct thorough investigations into issues reported to them and advised them to make victims or witnesses who report criminal activities anonymous to ensure their safety.
"Mr Speaker, in our quest to make university education stimulating and accessible to all who wish to pursue one, it is important to ensure the safety and security of students especially those living in private hostels in and around campus," he said.
He encouraged hostel owners to provide proper access control measures to prevent unauthorized entry into their facilities.
"Furthermore, safety and security awareness and training programmes should be conducted for students, especially newly admitted ones," he said and called for sanctions on reckless private hostel owners who flout safety and security laws".
MP for Asante Akim, Kwame Anim Ankwi in a contribution urged government to stiff its neck and construct hotels facilities on the various university campuses across the country.
He recounted an incidence where he witnessed robbers robbing students at run point and making away with their belongings on campuses.
Ho Central MP,Benjamin komla kpodo, on his part called for an holistic way in dealing with the problem and suggested that security on university campuses should be out source to credible security companies who will be responsible daily patrols to ensure safety.
He stressed the need to register all hotels operators and their activities regulated.
Kofi Okyere -Agyekum. MP for fanteakwa South also called on government to set a minimum standard of security for private hotels operators and ensure that its enforcement.