Monday, 11 April 2016

Uniport Shut-down Indefinitely over students protest !!!


There was commotion on Monday in Port Harcourt, as students of the University of Port Harcourt protest hike in school fees. Thousands of the aggrieved students protested against what they call the unjustified increase in tuition and other charges.
They laid siege on the school premises, blocking the Choba end of East-West Road in the Rivers State capital and stopping any academic activities from taking place in the university

According to them, the school authorities are insensitive to their plight and vowed to intensify their protests until the management of the school responds to their demands.
Meanwhile, the Dean of Student Affairs of the university, Otto Ekpenyung, who was only available to speak to Channels Television on the phone said he was trying to handle a flash point at the time of that.
He promised he would speak later on the issue.
Security agencies were also seen positioned to check the situation from getting out of hand.
Reacting, the Deputy Registrar, Information of UNIPORT, Dr. William Wodi, explained that the protest was not about increase in fees, but about a few students, who wanted to take exams without paying the N45,000 school fee.
Wodi said that while 98 per cent of students had paid and ready to sit for the exams, the two per cent remaining refused to pay, even after extending the deadline on five occasions.
Maintaining that the fee was not new to the students, Wodi added that the immediate past administration had directed that no university should charge beyond N45,000 as fee.
The UNIPORT spokesman, who said the first semester examination for the 2015/2016 academic session would no longer begin on Monday (yesterday) as scheduled, warned that those who failed to pay their fees would carry their courses over.
“We have continued to extend the deadline for the payment of the fees. The deadline was first moved from February 12, 2016 to March 11 and to March 30.
“We moved it again from March 30 to April 5th and now to April 7th and we said we are no longer moving it further. But they are saying that the economy is hard,” he said.
 “…We are not expelling students; we are only saying that those who fail to pay will not be part of the exam and they are carrying the course over,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Senate of the university has shut down the institution with immediate effect.
Wodi, who made this announcement through a text message sent to one of our correspondents on Monday said, “Senate has shut down the university with immediate effect.
“All students have been directed to vacate their hostel accommodation before 6pm today (Monday). Students’ union and all their affiliate bodies have been suspended with immediate effect. The closure will last for one month.”


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