The Management of University of Benin (UNIBEN) has shut down the institution with immediate effect, hours after students of the institution went on the rampage against additional charges for late payment of registration fees and other issues of concern.
The decision was taken after reviewing the agitation by a section of the students body on Tuesday September 14, 2021 by the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Lilian Salami on behalf of Senate.
The Registrar of the University, Mr. Mr Ademola Bobola who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, “ordered all students to vacate the hotels and the University premises not later than 12 noon on Wednesday 15th September 2021”.
The measure was taken in the overall interest of general students after due consultation by the Vice Chancellor and 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”, according to the statement.
Part of the statement reads: ” After due consultation, and in the overall interest of the general students’ body, the Vice Chancellor has on behalf of the Senate, approved the closure of the University with immediate effect to avoid the students’ action being hijacked by hoodlums; and thereby prevent breakdown of law and order within and outside the Campuses of the University. Accordingly, all students are to vacate the hotels and the University premises not later than 12 noon on Wednesday 15th September 2021″.
Our Correspondent reports that Pedestrians, business owners and long and short distances commuters on Ugbowo and Ekehuan Campuses were stranded for several hours, following a blockade mounted by the angry student against the additional charges for late payment of tuition, in accordance with the University regulations.
The protesting students who brandished placards bearing inscriptions as: ‘Federal Uni don turn BOWEN’; ‘UNIBEN no be BOWEN, urgent 20k no be our budget’; ‘Oppression comes in different forms’; ‘We didn’t sign for this injustice’, echoed solidarity songs with public address sound system to draw the attention of the government to their plights.
Recall that Management of the institution had announced that students who did not pay school fees within the stipulated time would have to pay extra charges and might have their studentship withdrawn.
It also stressed that “registration by all students closes on 3rd September, 2021; and after such date, students will no longer have access to the school portal”.