26 November 2012

Nigeria: Protest - University of Abuja Students Want Own Union

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Abuja University

Students of the University of Abuja who pro-tested for two days last week before the university was temporarily shut down are now demanding permission from management to constitute a Students' Union Government (SUG).

The students, in a statement Saturday, said the management of the university has denied them a union to "silence their rights" and threatened that unless the "Vice-chancellor Professor James Adelabu allows one to be constituted, examinations scheduled for December 3rd would not hold."

The statement also demanded an apology from the university's management for allegedly sponsoring attacks against the students during the protest.

They also demanded that admissions into the unaccredited faculties especially Engineering be withheld until, "The remaining four levels graduate in the next four years. After that there has to be a complete restart under the guidance of experienced academics that have performed well in other leading Nigerian universities."

They said agreeing to write examinations indicated that "we study in a proper university when that is not the case."

The statement also appealed to students to " remove the legitimacy of the VC's exploitative administration and his supporters in the Federal Government by refusing to study in a fake university until the conditions are appropriate."

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