University of Ibadan Shuts down as students Protest (Read Details)

​The management of the University of Ibadan on Monday closed down the school following a protest over the issuance of students ’ identity cards before the first semester examination and use of electric-powered cooking appliance in the hostels.
At a congress called by the Student ’ s Union on Saturday , resolutions passed included an ultimatum to the school authority to constitute the Students Welfare Board and set up a committee to look into the issue of the use of electric- powered cooking appliances in the school hostels .

The Vice Chancellor of the school , Prof . Idowu Olayinka , said that the closure followed a protest by the students and to avert a breakdown of peace on campus .

Undergraduate students of the institution were advised to vacate the campus by 6 pm on Monday while the first semester examination , earlier scheduled to commence in June , has been moved to July 17 .

The students took over the busy Mokola -Ojoo road , causing a gridlock while calling on the school authority to accede to their demands.

In response to the congress , a statement from the school management on Sunday however stated that contrary to the students ’ claim that their requests were not taken seriously , the school authority had addressed the demands and appealed to the students to be calm and shelve the protest .

The statement read , “ The expanded management of the university met with the leadership of the Students ’ Union on May 28 , 2017 . The meeting is sequel to the resolutions passed at the Students ’ Union Congress that was held on May 27 , 2017 . The management called the meeting in the interest of peace and the wellbeing of our students .

“ The management wishes to inform students that efforts are currently being made to ensure that identity cards are produced and distributed starting from the middle of June . ”

“ The problem of the use of unauthorised cooking appliances in the halls is not new . Indeed, at a meeting between the university management and the students sometimes in 2014 , it was agreed that cooking appliances, especially hotplates , be abolished in the halls of residence because of the huge cost of electricity to the university . Besides , the non – use of these cooking appliances is part of the agreement signed by each student before residency in the halls . ”

source: punch 


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