- The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Prof. Lilian Salami has reacted to the recent protest of the students
- Prof. Lilian Salami has ordered that the school be shut down and students vacate their hostels and the university premises
- Meanwhile, the students’ protested over the N20,000 fee charged by the school management as a penalty for late payment of their school fees
Benin, Edo - The harsh economic realities in the country have continued to influence the standard of living of the people in recent times especially students.
Recently, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Prof. Lilian Salami has announced the immediate closure of the University, following the protest that rocked the institution on Tuesday, September 14.
The Nation reports that students of the institution blocked the ever-busy Benin-Lagos Expressway and the Ekheuan Road over a N20,000 late registration fee imposed by the school authority.
Legit.ng gathered that the students described this decision as unpleasant particularly amidst the “unfavourable economic situation’’ in the country.
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In a statement issued by the Registrar of the institution, Ademola Bobola, Salami ordered all students to vacate their hostels and the University premises, not later than noon on Wednesday, September 15.
The statement reads:
“The vice-chancellor has reviewed the agitation by a section of the students’ body on Tuesday.
“After due consultation and in the overall interest of the general students’ body, the Vice Chancellor has, on behalf of Senate, approved the closure of the University with immediate effect.
Meanwhile, the Students Union Government (SUG), President, Egwu Benjamin Lotanna, suggested that the institution management should call the students union executive council for a roundtable, adding that he believes so much in diplomacy and that the students also believe in dialogue, This Day also reported.
The university, however, resumed for 2020 to 2021 academic session on Wednesday, September 15.
UNIBEN students paralyse academic activities as they protest new N20k School fees extra charge
On Tuesday, September 14, students of the University of Benin took to the university's main gate and occupied its immediate environs to protest a recent decision made by the university management.
Legit.ng reliably gathered that the university management introduced new N20k school fees extra charge for late payment, a move that displeased the students.
The students in their large numbers could be seen carrying different placards as they described the management's action as insensitive.
Insecurity: FUNAAB students protest kidnap of colleague
Earlier, Nigerian students from the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) are aggrieved and the source of the anger is simple: The insecurity is too much.
This comes as one of their colleagues, Nathaniel Olayinka, a 400-level student of the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management, was kidnapped, Channels TV reports.
The students, to press home their demand for the release of the kidnapped student, stormed the streets of Abeokuta, Ogun state.