UNIABUJA students protest merger plans

THE crisis generated by the recent suspension of three academic programmes at the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) appears far from over as engineering students of the institution yesterday took to the streets again.

The protest, it was learnt was in reaction to the alleged reports of the special panel set up last month by the government.

The students, who stormed the new campus of the university along Airport Road, Abuja demanded that their Vice Chancellor (VC), Prof. Sunday Adelabu, furnish them with the details of the outcome of the recently constituted special panel by government to liaise with some professional bodies, with a view to facilitating their accreditation process.

The university’s spokesman, Malam Waziri Garba, who confirmed the development in an interview, said the students stormed the Senate building where the VC was addressing the management staff on the report of the committee, which was handed over to him last week.

The Guardian gathered that what caused the fresh crisis was an aspect of the recommendations that two of the four departments in the engineering faculty should either be scrapped or merged. The departments are Civil and Chemical Engineering, which would be merged with either Mechanical or Electrical departments.

“The report was leaked to the students and they came around to demand the action from the institution,” Garba stated.


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