Dr Joseph Onimisi, the Provost, Kogi State College of Education, Ankpa, has appealed to the state governments, donor agencies and philanthropists to help tackle the erosion menace threatening the institution.
Briefing journalists on Saturday in Lokoja, Onimisi said that some structure in the institution, including students’ hostels and classes were being threatened by erosion.
”Challenges of our institution is majorly ecological and mostly erosion. In fact, most of our buildings are under serious erosion threat. We have been spending our internally generated revenue to maintain the buildings.
”Our roads have also been washed off by the erosion and they require urgent attention as well as the institution’s perimeter fence which was 50 per cent completed by the immediate past administration,’’ he said.
The provost said that there was need to urgently complete fencing of the two-kilometre stretch of land as speculators were taking advantage of the open land to encroach and put their beacons on the institution’s land, claiming it.
He added that suspected Fulani herdsmen also take advantage of the uncompleted fence to bring their cattle into the institution thereby resulting in crisis between them and the students.
”We have been managing that and we hope that government will help us as a matter of urgency to complete the perimeter fencing and reconstruct the major road in the institution.
”The immediate past government in 2014 promised to tar the road but could not. We will be grateful if the present government can come to our aid and do it,” the provost said.
Onimisi equally implored the state government to provide funding for the establishment of Entrepreneurial and Skill Acquisition Centre in the college.
He urged local and international NGOs and individuals to support the institution in meeting some of its needs as government alone could not provide everything for its citizenry.