3 December 2012

Nigeria: Students Refused Access Into Uniabuja Campus

Students of the University of Abuja were on Monday refused access into the campus by security officials in spite of a circular by the authority directing 300 level and 400 level students to return for their examinations on Dec. 3.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Senate of the university had on Nov. 22 adopted a resolution asking the management to recall 300 level and 400 level students to write their examinations.

The university was closed on Nov. 20 following two days of student protests over the non-accreditation of some faculties.

The faculties are engineering, medicine and veterinary medicine.

The protest and closure had affected the institution's second semester examinations which were to have started on Nov. 19.

Some of the students, who spoke with NAN, expressed disappointment with the failure of the school's management to adhere to the senate's decision.

A 100 level student of physics, who wished to remain anonymous, told NAN that the development was not in the interest of the students.

"The essence of my coming to school today is to carry my luggage that I was not able to carry following the forcible ejection of students from their hostels by soldiers.

"We were not allowed to carry our bags on the day of ejection. Every effort I have made to get the security officials to accompany me to the hostel to carry my bag yielded no result and that is why I am still here," the student said.

Mr Musa Danlami, a 300 level student, commended the university's Senate for its decision to allow students to commence their examinations.

He blamed the challenges facing the university on the insensitivity of the management.

Danlami added that failure to adhere to the senate's decision would amount to 400 level students missing out on their national service.

Mr Waziri Garba, the Information Officer of the university, said there had been announcements on radio and newspapers on the indefinite closure of the university.

He said the announcement was to enable the management to address certain issues and ensure stability in the university before calling the students back.

Waziri urged the students to be patient with the university's management, adding that efforts were being made to address the issues that led to the closure of the institution. NAN

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