Two Wounded, Cars Damaged as UNAD Students Protest

Ado Ekiti — NO fewer than two Security guards sustained head injuries and windscreens of some vehicles smashed by rampaging part-time students of the University of Ado Ekiti, who were protesting against indefinite suspension of their Second Semester examinations on ground of non-payment of tuition fee by some students .

Both part two – five on part time programme of the university pay the sum of N63,000, while the new students on part time programme pay the sum of N75,000.

The students went berserk on the university campus immediately the institutions authorities ordered the stoppage of the conduct of the examination; that started on Monday, as they hurled stones and pebbles at some of the university security and institution’s top officials that were sighted within the vicinity of the war zone.

The two injured security personnel were later rushed to the university clinic for medical attention. They were pelted while making efforts to drive the visibly livid students out of the university campus to douse the raging tension necessitated by the protest.

One of the protesting students who spoke with the newsmen under a strict condition of anonymity, lashed out at the university authorities for chasing them out from the examination hall, saying the university could device a means where they [students] could pay their fees on installmental basis.

The source accused the university of failure to intimate them in advance and for targeting only a section of the students, noting that part one and two were only harassed, while they left parts three to five students to write their own examination without being molested.

“I wonder while the university authorities have resulted into this type of harsh policy of driving students out of examination hall, when they allow others to write their own examination, without any molestation.

But the university image maker, Mr Ajibade Olubunmi debunked the claim of the students, saying the university Registrar, Dr Omojola Awosusi had earlier wrote a letter to the co-ordinator of part- time programme, stating the position of the university on school fees

“The claims of the students are not tree, notice have been given to the students about three months ago.

Ajibade faulted the claim that the university failed to notify the students on the action before execution and averred that the part time programmes are being run to assist the working class who may not find it convenient to do JAMB and run a full time programmes in universities.

He therefore submitted that, “somebody who is earning salary cannot equate himself with those who are not working, he declared.

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