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Niger Delta Varsity Closed Down After Students’ Unrest

Posted: Feb 16, 2016 at 5:59 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma,Yenagoa

The Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State, was on Tuesday closed down till further notice  by the authorities of the institution following a student riot.

It was gathered that the action of the students disrupted academic and administrative activities on campus.

The unrest was said to be a reaction by the students to one of the laws of the state-owned university which stipulated that students must pass their foundation courses before graduating.

But some final year students of the Faculty of Engineering who  felt threatened by the regulation went on rampage on Tuesday to protest the law which they asked the NDU authorities to reverse.

Our correspondent who visited the school at 12:30 pm on Tuesday observed that some students were still at the university gate protesting while a few policemen were trying to bring the situation under control.

Disturbed by the students’ action, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Humphrey Ogoni, immediately issued a circular ordering all students to proceed on mid-semester break to avert the break down of law and order.

In the circular signed the registrar of the university, Morris Odubo, the Vice Chancellor ordered the students to vacate the campus  before 3pm, adding that a new resumption date would be announced to them in due course.

On the grievance of the students, Ogoni said he had already forwarded a memo to the concerned faculty to come up with modalities for a review of the law to conform with the  standards set up by National Universities  Commission (NUC).

He however expressed optimism that normalcy would be restored at the end of the review exercise, urging the students to be calm and be of good behaviour while the issued was being resolved.