The Niger Delta University, Amassoma, Bayelsa State has been shut down following a violent protest by its students.
Varsity shut down over protest
The students were reportedly protesting an academic regulation that stopped many final year students in the Faculty of Engineering from graduating.
Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Humphrey Ogoni asked the students to embark on mid-semester break when he discovered that some hoodlums hijacked the protest.
The regulation said to be in line with the minimum standard set by the National University Commission (NUC) required students in the faculty to pass the compulsory courses of Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics.
The 20 students who were affected by this directive and some of their colleagues barricaded the school as they embarked on the protest.
The VC asked persons in hostels to vacate the campus till further notice. But he said the school authority issued a directive to review the regulation to ensure uniform implementation.
Ogoni further added that the the university reached an agreement with the affected students to resolve the matter and enable them graduate.
He said: “The management has reached an understanding with the affected students to enable them to graduate. The current protest was hijacked by other students who had been advised to withdraw because of their failure to measure up.
“The university authority will review the new regulation and the students will now be informed of the resumption date at the appropriate time.”
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