THe Delta State Government has directed the management of the state owned polytechnic Ogwashi-Uku to fish out culprits of the fire incidents which razed down two buildings in the school recently.
Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Hope Eghagha, who gave the directive during an assessment visit to the scene of the incidents, said it was criminal for anybody to set fire on public infrastructure.
Affected by the incident are the buildings housing the Academic Board, Exams and Record, Centre for Part-time Studies and School of Business Studies.
The commissioner, who was visibly angry over the level of damage occasioned by the fire, described it as outrageous and criminal.
He called on the school’s management to beef-up security on the campus, adding that everybody should be vigilant and involved in security matters by providing intelligence report to avoid a recurrence.
Eghagha, who was conducted round the burnt buildings by the rector of the institution, Mrs. Mogekwu Edna advised them to take necessary measures to unmask and bring the culprits to book.
He directed the institution to forward a detailed report of the incidence to the Ministry within one month. He said the ministry would in turn forward it to the state government for appropriate action.
The commissioner, accompanied by other top officials of the ministry, later held an interactive session with security men on the campus during which he advised that fire extinguishers be provided in all the buildings on campus.