Our CCTV Cameras Not For Watching Students’ Nakedness – FCET Lagos

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Our CCTV Cameras Not For Watching Students’ Nakedness – FCET Lagos
Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

The management of the Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka, Lagos State has debunked a publication by a Nigerian newspaper, ThisDay, which claimed that the institution’s management installed CCTV cameras in hostels to watch students’ while naked.

This was disclosed by the school’s provost, Wahab Azeez, during a press conference on Friday at its academic board hall.

The publication had alleged that students protested the installation of the CCTV cameras which were installed to monitor students’ activities.

It partly read, “According to some of the students, the CCTV camera was installed almost everywhere in the female hostel thereby denying them of personal privacy.

“Some female students also revealed that the school management and lecturers had been watching their nakedness since after the installation of the cameras, as they claim their lecturers had said it to their faces before.”

In his reaction on Friday, Azeez said the students staged a protest against the ejection of some illegal female occupants, refuting the claims of the report.

The provost also pointed out that the CCTV cameras are part of an ongoing project towards safeguarding the lives and property of both students and staff of the college against attacks by some unscrupulous elements who have in times past, perpetrated evil in the hostel at night.

He said the cameras were not yet functional, questioning the allegations made by respondents in the report that some lecturers see their nakedness.

Azzez added that the CCTV cameras, when fully installed, will not in any way violate the privacy of the students but will only be within and around the hostels to identify those who go in and out of the hostels.

He said, “It is true that some students demonstrated on Friday morning, March 5, 2021, basically to protest the ejection of some illegal female student occupants from the Independence Hall and not because of what was reported that it was ‘over some behaviour the Dean of student affairs couldn’t condone which he saw via the cameras’. This reportage was not true at all.

“The purported installation of cameras is still ongoing in the public spaces of in the college and not only in the female hostel in order to deny our cherished female students their personal privacy. How on earth would the management and lecturers that are saddled with the responsibility of overseeing young men and women turn around and be watching their nakedness?

“We challenge the ThisDay reporter and his informant to show evidence of this falsehood he published. We are teachers of teachers and provide teaching and learning and mould characters and we would not allow any criminal and indecent behaviours among the management officers, academic and non-teaching staff, and students. We equally challenge the ThisDay reporter to mention the names of lecturers who told the students that management and lecturers had been watching the female students’ nakedness since the purported installation of the CCTV cameras.

“The CCTV project came about as a result of attacks on students in the night, especially female students. From the college’s management position, the publication is not only damaging to the image of the college but malicious. For the records, the College had experienced breeches of the female hostels by hoodlums at night on several occasions. Similarly, with the incessant security challenges, the College processed and obtained TETfund sponsorship to install CCTV cameras on the perimeter of the fences of the college as well as approaches to buildings including male and female hostels (not in the room nor the bathroom or toilet areas).

“The installation of the CCTV system is just underway, yet to be completed and not yet active; therefore, no student privacy could have been breached by the system rather it was an installation done purely for security reasons.”

This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.

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