University Of Abuja Shut Down Following Students’ Protest

University Of Abuja Shut Down Following Students’ Protest

By Daily Times NG on June 17, 2014
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The University Of Abuja has been shut indefinitely following a protest by students on the two campuses.

The institution was closed down on Monday by the University’s Governing Council while the students were ordered out of the hostels and campuses.

The university, which has been in existence for almost three decades, had been enmeshed in a series of crises, which had also impeded its growth.

It was gathered that an industrial action recently embarked upon by a faction of the Academic Staff Union of Universities in the university also contributed to the crisis in the institution.

Some of the students, who took part in the protest at the Gwagwalada mini- campus, said they were chased out of the campus and the school put under lock and key.

At the main campus, notices were placed on all notice boards in each department, ordering every student to leave the school immediately.

The notice, signed by the Registrar, Mohammed Modibbo, read, “I am directed to inform you that given the situation in the university, the Vice Chancellor has approved that the university be closed down until further notice.

“You are therefore directed to vacate the university until further development is communicated to you.”

As of the time of filing this report,some of the students were still packing their luggage and heading home.

The Director of Information Unit of the university, Waziri Garba, confirmed the closure of the school, saying it was shut down over the protest by the students, who were agitating for the conduct of their semester examination.

“The school was shut down because the students were demonstrating and demanding the conduct of examination, but examination is not something you demand through demonstration,” he stated.

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