12 February 2013

Nigeria: UniAbuja Engineering Students Vow to Disrupt Examinations

Students of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Abuja (UniAbuja) yesterday vowed to disrupt the second semester examinations in the school unless the problem of accreditation of the faculty is resolved.

The students who took to the streets of Gwagwalada in a peaceful protest called on the school management to resolve the problem of accreditation in the school to enable the students continue their education.

One of the students who pleaded anonymity said he had spent over six years in the school in a course he was supposed to spend only five years studying because of the accreditation problem in the school.

He stated that the plan by the school's management to commence examination was not proper and called on them to ensure that all accreditation problems facing the institution are resolved before the commencement of the examinations.

The students who stated that they will remain peaceful provided the examination was not conducted added that no individual or group was sponsoring them but that they were fighting for their own right as citizens of the country.

"We are not sponsored by anybody to cause chaos in the school. We are simply fighting for our right to qualitative education. We appeal to our final year students to understand the situation with us. We have all spent time more than required for the course we are studying. We just have to sacrifice and be patient and hope that things will work out for good," he added.

Another student, Miss Evelyn Nwachuku expressed distress over the way the school's management was going about solving the problem in the school and wondered the reason why the second semester examination was fixed without first addressing the problem.

Nwachukwu added that the level of maturity and patience exhibited by the students was enough for the management to address the problems, adding that the students will continue the struggle until the faculty is accredited.

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