Zambian Higher Education Minister, Nkandu Luo, stated she was not going to reopen the Copperbelt University until proper security actions were taken.
Prof Luo disclosed that these measures cost about K10 million and this budget had been approved by the Ministry of Finance.
Speaking at the Parliament on Thursday, Prof Luo said the university which had been closed for over 3 months would only be reopened when the security gadgets were installed.
She explained there was need to install CCTV to cover all the areas within and outside the University and the campuses. Moreover, the perimeter fence with restricted access points in and out of the University should be constructed.
Prof Lou advised other measures included the implementation of student access cards to control the access to the facilities, such as libraries, hostels and offices.
“I wish to report that considerable progress has been recorded and I will announce the date of re-opening the University in due course. However, as a prerequisite to opening, the University and the Ministry are working at enhancing security in a phased approach,” she said.
The Higher Education Minister also revealed that the cost of establishing those security measures was estimated at K10 million and the budget had been approved by the Ministry of Finance.
“Once these security measures have been implemented at the Copperbelt University, we shall embark on implementing similar security measures at the University of Zambia and eventually roll out the same to all public universities and other institutions of higher learning,” she concluded.