19 February 2013

Nigeria: Students Disrupt Uni-Abuja Exams Again

Students of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Abuja, on Monday disrupted the institution's second semester examination slated to commence on February 18.

Some of the aggrieved students forced their way into the university campus in Gwagwalada and chased out other students who were already seated for the examination.

When Daily Trust visited the Gwagwalada Campus, the protesting students had already been dispersed by a group of soldiers, mobile police and plain cloth police men.

The examination, earlier slated for February 11, was postponed by one week by the university following the students' protest over the non-accreditation of their faculty.

Our reporter, who visited the university, reports that the students forced their way into the campus in spite of the security mounted in readiness for the examination.

Heavy security presence could be seen around the campus; a police truck was parked outside the perimeter fence of the campus and about three police Hilux patrol vans were parked within the campus premises.

Mr Alias Bramin, a 500 level engineering student, who spoke on behalf of the students, expressed dismay over the slow pace of the accreditation process of the faculty.

He called on the institution's Vice Chancellor, Prof. James Adelabu, to contract out the equipping of the faculty to facilitate the accreditation, since the Federal Government had released funds for the equipment.

"We will resist any attempt to start examination in the university until we see facilities and equipment on ground that will guarantee the accreditation of our faculty.

"If we see the facilities, even if the faculty is not accredited, we will give way to peace and allow examinations to begin," he said.

However, a 400 level Political Science student, who requested anonymity, has called on the engineering students to embrace peace in the struggle for the accreditation of their faculty.

The student, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said it was high time the engineering students compromised and give the institution's management the benefit of doubt since the VC had promised to address their demand.

The campus information officer, Malam Murtala Mohammed told our reporter though there is no damage to school property, the protesting student destroyed exam scripts and answers booklets in the faculty of Law.

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