Nigerian university indefinitely halts classes amid student protests over increased fees


The management of Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture has indefinitely suspended academic activities following student protests against a proposed increase in school fees.

During the protest on Tuesday, students expressed dissatisfaction with the school’s decision to raise tuition and claimed that those who hadn’t paid were barred from taking exams. Videos captured scenes of students running out of exams, expressing frustration.

In response to the unrest, a circular signed by the vice-chancellor on behalf of the Senate declared the indefinite closure of the university. The circular instructed all students to leave the premises by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, February 6, 2024.

The vice-chancellor, Prof. Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, clarified that over 70% of students had paid their charges and were peacefully participating in exams. However, a group of around 2,000 students was queuing to pay and register when a faction of miscreants and hoodlums disrupted the peace, leading to the decision to close the university in order to safeguard lives and property.





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