The Bayelsa State government-owned Niger Delta University (NDU), has been shut down following protests by college students over hike at school charges, early closure of faculty payment portal and up to date order by administration for college kids to put on uniforms to keep away from indecent dressing at school premises.
DAILY POST, gathered that the college was shut on Wednesday after an announcement made by the registrar, Mr. Benjamin Joffa.
The letter learn” Following the continuing unrest within the college, I’m directed to tell most people and the college group that teachers actions have been suspended indefinitely with quick impact”
”Consequently, all college students are directed to vacate the college campuses and its services earlier than 3pm.
The latest growth which threw the coed group into protests has additionally been greeted by condemnation and name for the sack of the college management.
The V.C Professor Edoumiekumo had on Monday, ordered the closure of the college cost portal, including that any pupil but to pay for his/her clearance can have their admission withdrawn and despatched residence.
Edoumiekumo additionally stated sporting uniforms by college students of the establishment might be made obligatory and that the stated uniforms will solely be made accessible for gross sales by way of the college administration.
However, a former Chairman of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Egbemo Clan Central Zone, Comrade Daniel Sapele, known as for the sack of the Vice-Chancellor, describing his actions as not solely illegal, inhuman but in addition depraved and barbaric.
Sapele stated “The declaration by the Vice-Chancellor that all engineering students henceforth must be on school uniform and that the uniform must be the one the school authority will provide at a cost of thirty thousand naira (#30,000) for Marine Engineering students, while students from other engineering departments must have their uniforms at the rate of twenty thousand naira (#20,000), shows he is not a good father”
He stated “Many homes are finding it very hard to feed due to the effects of the global pandemic and Nigeria’s current economic maladies and not to talk of paying such huge needless amount of money as learning fees”
Education is the birth-right of all Bayelsans and the federal government in any respect ranges are beneath obligation to offer not simply high quality however schooling that’s accessible and inexpensive and never the best way and method the VC. is working the establishment like his non-public farm.
The VC runs the college like his non-public property with out recourse to public sympathy and human emotions which is the bedrock upon which all authorities establishments are based, and if he isn’t sacked and changed with somebody with human emotions and conscience all efforts and legacies earlier administrations have contributed to the development of some of the revered tertiary establishments in coronary heart of the Niger Delta will go down the drain.
The Director-General Centre for Women and Youth Development, Bayelsa State Constituency 1 Hon. Timi Tubonimi, pleaded with the college administration to contemplate college students and reopen the college charges portal, to allow college students who haven’t paid faculty charges for the previous session pay.
In her assertion by way of a media Aide, she urged the administration to reopen the portal for one month bcos about 80% of scholars are presently affected.
Meanwhile, the state authorities by way of the Commissioner for Education, Dr. Emelah Gentle has known as for calm, noting that the federal government has met with the administration of the establishment and all points can be resolved accordingly.
The Commissioner made this identified after assembly with the Pro-Chancellor of Niger Delta University, Mathew Seiyefa, Msi., the Vice-Chancellor Niger Delta University, Prof. Samuel Gowon Edoumiekumo, in his workplace on the Education House, Ovom, Yenagoa.
DAILY POST, additionally gathered that the federal government acquired the communique issued by college students of NDU to the Bayelsa State Student Management Committee-SMC, that earlier visited the establishment to interface immediately with the protesting college students.
The Commissioner additionally disclosed that each one urgent points raised had been mentioned extensively with the management of the University.
He added that Government has taken a stand and has communicated the identical to the administration of the University to work with.
As on the time of submitting this report, the administration of the college is locked in an important assembly with members of the State House of Assembly on the Assembly advanced in Yenagoa.
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