Sunday, 25 September 2016

Federal University Abeokuta re-opens after unrest; orders students to pay for damages


The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, has announced the resumption of academic activities on October 3, weeks after the school closed indefinitely following students’ unrest which resulted in the destruction of properties.

The head, Directorate of Public Relations of the University, Emi Alawode, said in a statement on Saturday that the senate ordered the resumption.

The Senate also directed that all students must pay N5, 000.00 as fine for the damage done during the unrest. The school called it reparation fee.

“Senate, at the end of its emergency meeting held recently, has approved Monday, October 3, 2016, as the resumption date for normal academic activities. The students, who have been on mid-semester break, are now to resume after the consideration of the report submitted by the committee that was set up to look into the students’ unrest,” the statement said.

The Senate also approved the establishment of a police station near the school.

It said that aside the usual‎ security measures that had been put in place, university and police patrol vehicles would now be stationed at a strategic location, from 6pm to 6amdaily, to swiftly attend to any distress call.

Hostel owners are to provide at least four security‎ personnel for each hotel, to work with the security personnel stationed at a strategic location.

The school said it was making effort to provide more hostels.

Students of the university went on rampage on August 18 in protest of the state of security in the school. The protest followed a robbery incident in one of the out-campus hostels.

The students destroyed property worth millions of naira.

They also set a police post and number of vehicles ablaze, prompting the authorities to shut down the school.

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