Prof. Lilian Salami, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), has announced the immediate closure of the institution following the protest that rocked the institution on Tuesday.
The students of the institution blocked the ever-busy Benin-Lagos Expressway and the Ekheuan Road over a N20,000 late registration fee imposed by the school authority.
Students described this decision as unpleasant particularly amidst the “unfavourable economic situation’’ in the country.
Prof Salami, in a statement issued by the Registrar of the institution, Mr Ademola Bobola, ordered all students to vacate their hostels and the University premises no later than noon on Wednesday.
The Vice-Chancellor has reviewed the agitation by a section of the students’ body on Tuesday.
After due consultation and in the overall interest of the general students’ body, the Vice Chancellor has, on behalf of Senate, approved the closure of the University with immediate effect.
This is based on security reports to avoid the students’ action being hijacked by hoodlums; and thereby prevent any form of breakdown of law and order within and outside the campuses of the University.
The University resumed for the 2020 to 2021 academic session on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Igbinosa Davies, a former member of the Student Union Government (SUG) has backed the students’ action, describing the move by the institution as a wrong one, as it comes at a time when several persons are affected by the current economic condition of the country.
Speaking from his UK base, the former Assistant Secretary-General (ASG), 2015 set, stated:
Students who couldn’t pay 45,000 before the deadline are asked to pay 65,000 in less than a week or lose their studentship. How does this make sense?
I am super proud of all the students of UNIBEN who made it out to protest against this injustice.
With every one of you, the future of unionism and Aluta is alive.