UI Shut over Students Protest


Authorities at the University of Ibadan yesterday closed down the institution following students protest.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Idowu Olayinka, stated that the closure followed protest by students and forestall breakdown of peace on campus.
All undergraduates were ordered to vacate the campus latest by 6p.m.

The institution had earlier fixed first semester examination for June but the examination will now commence on July 17.
The Vice Chancellor however said postgraduate students can continue with their lectures.
Students had yesterday block major highway on Mokola-UI-Ojoo causing gridlock.

This was sequel to the resolutions of the students congress reached on Saturday where it was agreed that the management be given two days ultimatum to constitute Students Welfare Board and set up fact finding committee to look into the issue of Hot-plates in halls of residences.
The students also resolved that there will not be any examinations if the university fails to issue it ID cards which were paid for last session and this session at the rate of N650 and N1,300 respectively.

They also vowed to disrupt Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s press conference which was earlier scheduled to hold inside the institution forcing the programme to another venue.

In a special release the university management informed students that efforts are currently being made to ensure that identity cards are produced and distributed starting from the middle of June.

The management has also issued a circular informing Deans of Faculties that students’ registration forms and any other valid university instrument be considered as sufficient for admittance into examination halls in the forthcoming first semester examinations.
The university management stated that it was not unmindful of the hardship that the delay in the issuance of identity cards has caused our students, but we appeal for their understanding.

The university management will also, very soon, convene a meeting of the Students’ Welfare Board which is a statutory committee of senate, to discuss other students’ welfare issues, so that a lasting solution can be proffered.