Its been 5 days since the Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island was shut down indefinitely over violent protests which rocked its campuses.
The protest were said to s a result of a new rule in the Faculty of Engineering: which made a repeat mandatory in the event of failure of any of the core engineering courses; mathematics, physics or chemistry.
This enraged some 200level students of the faculty as about 20 students of the faculty were affected. Leading to destruction of school property, cars of staff e.t.c
A circular signed by the vice Chancellor declared an immediate Mid-semseter break which is now indefinite.
It can be recalled that, a similar occurrence happened at the Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) following a protest by some students, leading to destruction of school property, vandalisation of the school Café, ATMs, and a shopping mall belonging to the wife of the institutions founder on February 8th.
About 17 students have been remanded in prison custody by a magistrate court in ekiti. And 10million naira as damages fined to each student.
On November 12, there was a peaceful protest by students of the university of calabar, where gates and entrances to the institution were barricaded.
Reports that the Vice chancellor was sneked out,over fears of being kidnapped by students. The institution was shut down for a month.
Last week students of Yaba college of Technology ignored the institutions directive to vacate the school premises over the death of a colleague on February 10th.
This ugly trend is on the rise and there is need for attention to be raised by all parties involved as this is bad image for the Nigerian Educational System.
All Hands Must be On Deck.