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UNIJOS suspends academic activities over insecurity



The management of the University of Jos has suspended academic activities in the institution due to concerns over security amidst kidnappings in the North.

According to The PUNCH, the decision was taken on Wednesday during an emergency meeting held by the University Senate.

Confirming the development, the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities in the institution, Dr Lazarus Maigoro, said, “I just heard of the closing of academic activities for undergraduate students in the University and the information is true.”

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A member of the University Senate added, “You know that the university closed down the hostels about two weeks ago because of insecurity. And now, the school has resumed and students are finding it difficult to come for lectures because they don’t have a place.

“And given that the University is surrounded by a lot of unfriendly neighbours who can accommodate dangerous people, you can imagine if a student is kidnapped, who will pay the ransom apart from the psychological trauma?

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“So, the Senate met today (Wednesday) and took the decision to shut down the academic activities in the institution for two weeks, hoping that the security update report will improve. But the PG programmes are ongoing because they are not on campus and don’t stay in the hostel.”

At the time of this report, the institution’s Deputy Registrar, Information and Publications, Abdullahi Abdullahi, was not available to speak on the issue when contacted.

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