Vanguard (Lagos)

20 November 2012

Nigeria: UniAbuja Students Continue Protest Over Non-Accreditation of Courses

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University of Abuja protest

Abuja — The protest by students of University of Abuja over the non-accreditation of some courses entered the second day on Tuesday with the student blocking the Airport Road and other access roads, leaving many motorists and travellers stranded.

Some students, who spoke said they blocked the roads in order for the government to feel their plight

A 300-level male student, who pleaded anonymity, said the protest would continue until the university management met their demand.

The students began the protest on Monday following the inability of the university management to meet up with the six months period given to it to accredit some of its courses.

The courses are engineering, medicine and veterinary medicine.

Some of the protesting students blamed the university management for the delay in the accreditation process.

The protesters, who are mainly students of engineering, claimed that other faculties were ahead of the Engineering Faculty in the accreditation process.

They said the Vice Chancellor, Prof. James Adelabu, had failed to keep his word on the accreditation of some courses.

"It will be wrong for the university management to say that the students are not patient enough, considering the fact that the promise was given since April by the vice chancellor.

"As I speak to you, there are no equipment in our laboratory and the facilities are not enough to even invite the relevant authorities to commence the accreditation process," one of the students said.

He said the patience of the students had run thin and called on the university management to expedite action to ensure that the faculties, particularly engineering, were accredited as promised by the vice chancellor.

In his reaction, Mr Waziri Garba, the Information Officer of the university, said efforts were being intensified by the university management to ensure the accreditation of all the faculties as promised by the vice Chancellor.

He said the accreditation of the Faculty of Engineering was capital intensive, adding that the protest followed a claim by the students that other faculties were ahead of engineering.

According to him, the process of inviting the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) for resource verification had been concluded and the commission was being awaited for the exercise.

The information officer, who confirmed that examinations could not hold in the university following the protest, dismissed reports that the university had been closed down.

Garba appealed to the students to be calm, saying efforts were being made to facilitate the accreditation of the faculties.

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