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Enugu Campus of UNN Shut Down Over Students’ Protest

Posted: Jun 15, 2016 at 8:28 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emmanuel Nzomiwu

Enugu – The University of Nigeria Enugu Campus (UNEC) has been officially closed down by its  authorities following a protest by students over poor electricity supply to the institution.

A statement signed by Professor Smart N. Uchegbu,  Deputy Vice-Chancellor, in charge of  Enugu Campus, on Wednesday, announced the  indefinite closure of the university following last Monday’s students’ protests that halted academic activities in the institution.

The university authorities also suspended the Students Union Government (SUG) of UNEC.

The statement reads, “This is to bring to the notice of the university community that in the light of the violent protest and monumental destruction of properties on 13th June, 2016, the Vice Chancellor has approved the implementation of the measures listed below:

“Immediate suspension of the Enugu Campus Student Union Government; and closure of the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus indefinitely.”

It will be recalled that students of the Enugu campus of the university had on Monday disrupted academic and other activities in the university.

The students equally announced the suspension of academic activities for one week over alleged poor academic environment.

The angry students in a protest blocked the main entrance to the university, demanding improvement in the basic amenities and learning conditions in the university..

The students, who complained against absence of water, electricity, among others, prevented lecturers and non-academic staff from carrying out their normal duties in their offices.

Apart from the poor academic environment, the students also complained that they now buy a bucket of water for N30.00.

The students turned out in their numbers at the university gate during the protest.

They lamented that they have not had steady power supply for three months now and relied only on generator and intermittent power supply from EEDC.

Apart from epileptic power supply or lack of it, the students complained that their hostels stink because of acute water shortage.

The students who spoke to journalists equally complained that they lack enough accommodation as too many students are pitched in a room and sleep on mattresses long overdue to be changed.

“We equally paid for wi fi services but are not enjoying it,” they said.

The protesting students carried placards that read thus: “How can we save lives without light, light is our right, no light no lectures,” which they said, they want the university authority to know and do something about.

“Life has not been easy because of lecture hall.  Our mattresses are bad.  We are too many in a room.  We paid for Wi fi but we are not enjoying it,” they  said.

“We are demonstrating against the school management.  We don’t want any movement in the school,” the angry students declared as they blocked the entrance chanting songs.