Authorities of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, have shut down the institution indefinitely in order to avoid breakdown of law and order by protesting students.
On Monday the aggrieved students had started a protest demanding to be allowed to continue writing the slated semester exams despite the outstanding fees yet to be paid by many of the students.
Meanwhile, one of the students who begged to remain anonymous while speaking to journalist claimed that some of the protesting students have squandered the money given to them by their parents, only to now disrupt the peace of the school.
He said, “You won’t believe that some of these students who are disrupting academic activities on campus had spent the fees their parents gave them on frivolous things. Instead of them to go back home and plead for the fees, they are here disrupting the peace on campus.”
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Mr. Daniel Abiodun Adeyemo, the school’s acting Registrar while speaking to newsmen said the school management decided on the indefinite strike following the student’s alleged plot to continue to cripple every form of academic and administrative activities on campus with a planned music jamboree on Tuesday.
He disclosed that the management had given three free lecture days for the aggrieved students to pay up their outstanding fees.
He said the school management acknowledges as well as expressed concern over the issue which gave rise to the students protest as it concerns the ongoing semester examination.
“The management has responded by acceding to most of the demands which have spawned the protests.
“And as a mark of further goodwill, the vice-chancellor was billed to hold a meeting with the students’ representatives at 13:00 hours onTuesday, 15th May, 2018.
“Prior to all these, management had granted a three-day lecture free period to allow students organise with their parents and guardians as regards their fees.
“But despite all these measures of goodwill, some of the students have still decided to turn the university into a theatre for disco music and other non-academic activities which have the potential to cause a breakdown of law and order. It is against this background that the university has been shut down until normalcy is restored to campus.
“Please be informed that the university management is not insensitive to the plight of students who are yet to fully pay their fees and only dialogue can resolve a matter such as this.”
He also explained that some students were fond of mutilating their exam clearance slips hence, the management insisted they laminate them before entering exam halls.