20 November 2012

Nigeria: UniAbuja Students' Protest Continues for Second Day

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University of Abuja protest

Protesting students of University of Abuja have caused a traffic jam along the Gwagwalada - Airport axis access into Abuja.

Motorists are now forced to make a detour, utilising an alternative route through Kuje so as to escape the congestion stretching from Gwagwalada mini-campus of the university to the permanent site of the university along Airport road.

Tuesday's protest is a continuation of the protest embarked upon on Monday by students of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Abuja concerning the non-accreditation of their programmes. The protest has at present been hijacked by other students making several other demands of the authorities of the institution.

Monday's protest, which disrupted examinations at the permanent site of the institution had spread to the mini-campus and prompted the university's management to shut down the school, ordering students to vacate all hostels before 4pm on Tuesday.

The protest has however metamorphosed into a wider all-students protests.

The students are now protesting against what they term as 'poor learning conditions', inadequate shuttle buses, lecture rooms and hostel accommodations as well as poor management of the university.

They also cite the one-week period set aside for writing their exams as a reason, claiming it was too short as some students had as many as 10 papers to write within the one-week period.

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