Insecurity: a Dreadful Threat to Education on the Plateau
Insecurity: A Dreadful Threat to Education on the Plateau
Plateau state hitherto known for absolute peace as denoted by it slogan “Home of peace and tourism” attracted investors, educationists, students and people of almost every field of endeavour from within and outside the country, lured by it temperature measured from absolute zero in kelvins. Its climatic weather condition gives students comfort in studies and above all, the low cost of living makes it welcoming to people of all classes.
One will be taken aback with the position of things within the last two decades where insecurity, ranging from social unrest, crisis, land disputes, inter-tribal and religious clashes have rocked and robbed it of its peaceful serenity.
Abraham Maslow in his book “the psychology of personality” published in 1942, describes an insecure person as one who perceives the world as a threatening jungle and most human beings as dangerous and selfish, thus making him or her pessimistic and unhappy.
This menace, whose tentacles were prior thought to have spread and affected businesses and government alone, has been recognized as a dreadful threat to education. This could best be attested taking stock of educational welfare from the civil unrest of 2001 till date.
Taking University of Jos as a reference point, one will be marveled over the sudden decline in academic excellence and desertification of the institution both by students and lecturers engineered by insecurity. The timidity of “an fara” (it has started), created in the minds of Jos inhabitants, the phobia that reasoned the withdrawal of students and lecturers. The saying that “it is only the living that are hopeful”, prompted parents to withdraw their wards, as well as lecturers and non-academic staff to quit their jobs. This crisis overwhelmed the school and left it in a sorry state.
Time went on as though the school was recovering from the wounds, pains and atrocities inflicted by the 2002 crisis, a modernized form of attack sprang up.
Precisely May 20, 2014 at about 3:00pm, two bombs exploded at the Jos terminus market along Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) temporary site killing at least 118 people including seven students of the faculty of medical laboratory sciences with many injured. This deadly incident affected academics for almost a week as students embarked on procession in mourning their departed colleagues. This incident got presidential sympathy and visit through the special Adviser to the President on Youth and Student matters, Comrade Juth Emagwe. In the letter of the president through Emagwe, the then president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, lamented the inhuman menace exhibited.
Security intensification pays no better as another blast afterward exploded at the Pharmacy Gate of the Bauchi road main campus leaving many injured. As if this was not enough, a coordinated bomb and gun attack on worshippers at Yan Taya mosque, Dillimi Street, off Bauchi road killed 48 people injuring several others.
These recurrent crisis and bombings have gone a long way in scaring students and lecturers away thus impeding educational progress on the Plateau.
The “rescue team” mission of the change party is hereby enjoined and admonished to create and sustain peace on the plateau, though it relativity enjoyed so far is applauded; it is not enough reason to relent.
By Miri Karbin