MASSIVE PROTESTS AT MICHAEL OKPARA UNIVERSITY UMUDIKE

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MASSIVE PROTESTS AT MICHAEL OKPARA UNIVERSITY, UMUDIKE

There was massive protest on Tuesday at the Federal University of Agriculture (renamed Michael Okpara University of Agriculture), Umudike in Abia State.

Reports said the protest had been brewing for months owing to the sharp increment in school fees at the end of last year.

Added to that, the University Management under the Vice Chancellor, Professor Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, had commenced the implementation of a Biometric exercise that would restrict students who hadn’t paid their school fees from partaking in the examination.

With the exams starting on Monday, the Vice Chancellot and his team went from hall fo hall, sending out students who defaulted, with some who really had paid affected by the inconsistency of the Biometric system.

However on Tuesday, the students took laws into their hands, pounced on the VC, chased him out of the hall, destroyed properties of the University amid teargas and gunshots from the school security.

The students were seen chanting “No Gree For Anybody”, “we no go gree o”… chasing the VC, throwing stones and sticks at his official vehicle.

Meanwhile, the University has been indefinitely shut down as students have taken over the Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene Road, putting on bonfires, etc.

About Dons Eze

DONS EZE, PhD, Political Philosopher and Journalist of over four decades standing, worked in several newspaper houses across the country, and rose to the positions of Editor and General Manager. A UNESCO Fellow in Journalism, Dr. Dons Eze, a prolific writer and author of many books, attended several courses on Journalism and Communication in both Nigeria and overseas, including a Postgraduate Course on Journalism at Warsaw, Poland; Strategic Communication and Practical Communication Approach at RIPA International, London, the United Kingdom, among others.

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