University of Ibadan shut over students’ protest
The authorities of the University of Ibadan (UI) have closed down the school, following students’ protest.
Prof. Idowu Olayinka, the Vice Chancellor,said the closure was as a result of protest by students and to prevent a breakdown of law and order.
Undergraduates were ordered to vacate campus latest by 6pm yesterday.
The institution had fixed the first semester examination for June, but it will now begin on July 17.
Only postgraduate students could be allowed to continue with their lectures, said the Vice Chancellor .
Protesting students blocked the Mokola-UI-Ojoo Highway, causing a gridlock.
This followed students’ resolutions at a congress last weekend that the management be given two days to constitute a students’ welfare board and set up a fact-finding committee to look into the issue of hot-plates in halls of residence.
Most of the students said there would be no examinations if the university failed to issue them ID cards, which were paid for last session and this session at the rate of N650 and N1,300.
The university management said in a statement that efforts are on to ensure identity cards are produced and distributed, starting from the middle of next month.
It issued a circular, informing deans of faculties that students’ registration forms and other valid university instruments would be considered as sufficient for admission into examination halls in the coming examination.