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Niger Delta Varsity shuts down indefinitely after students protest uniform, fees portal


Niger Delta Varsity suspends academic activities after students protest uniform, fees portal

Niger Delta University (NDU), on Wednesday, announced an indefinite closure of the institution as well as suspension of academic activities following series of protests by students over the introduction of a dress code for students.

Aside from the controversial introduction of school uniforms, the students were said to have demonstrated the closure of the school fees portal.

The Bayelsa State-owned varsity, in a statement signed by the registrar, Mr Benjamin Joffa, on Wednesday, said that “all students are directed to vacate the University campuses and its facilities on or before 3.00 pm Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

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Tribune reported that the school has taken its fundraising drive beyond limits as a result of poor funding by the state government, forcing all students to pay schools fees within a stipulated date or have their admission withdrawn.

According to a number of students who spoke on condition of anonymity, even 300 level and final year students were also shut out.

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They argued that it was one of the major reasons the students staged a protest against the management of the university.

The protest further escalated when the management of the university announced that students must wear uniforms to school.

WuzupNigeria reported yesterday that the students, especially those in the Faculty of Engineering, are mandated to wear “carton colour trouser/skirt and white shirt with carton colour tie/scarf on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Tuesdays, blue jeans and a red T-Shirt. Fridays, simple traditional attire.”

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When contacted, State Commissioner for Education, Dr Gentle Emelah, said the government had intervened on the issues raised by the disgruntled students.

As at the time of filing this report, the management of the school is reported to be a crucial closed-door meeting with members of the State House of Assembly at the Assembly complex in Yenagoa.