A thorough investigation into the killing of one of the students of university of Uyo during last Wednesday’s protest has been initiated by the National Universities Commission, the Nigerian Police, as well as the council of the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
The NUC’s acting chairman, Inter-ministerial Committee on Campus Safety and Security, Prof. Adebisi Balogun, said this in Uyo on Monday while inspecting the destroyed facilities on the university’s campus.
Balogun who condemned the death of the student argued that whatever might have happened was not enough reason to take the life of a student, adding that both the Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie; and the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa’i, were worried by the death of the student.
Balogun noted that the inter-ministerial committee was in Uyo for on-the-spot assessment of the destroyed facilities.
“Whatever had happened or whatever should happen within the Nigerian university system among students and staff, there should not be loss of life. And that is why the Executive Secretary of NUC has sent us as an inter-ministerial committee.
“The Minister of Education was concerned about the loss of life of a student; they are the future human resources of this country –they are the future leaders of this country. Nobody should be happy about the loss of any single life, at all.
“This one is going to be investigated. We have come to look at the circumstance leading to the killing of the student and at the same time the university will provide more information, more investigation to ascertain the reasons, and know who is culpable for the killing of the student.
“We are still investigating, the police are still investigating, and the university has set up their own committee to investigate the matter. Definitely this is beyond just a N100 transportation fare.”
Balogun said the destruction affected the offices of Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics Planning, Vice Chancellor, Portal and the Exams and Records Department.
He explained that the fact that Exams and Records and the university’s portal offices were set ablaze hours after the VC office had been destroyed showed an indication that the process was an afterthought and a result of a well-conceived plan.
In her reaction, the school’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Comfort Ekpo, said the increase of the transport fare from N100 to N200 daily from town campus to the permanent site was based on agreement with students’ union leaders, and so it was shocking to see the level of destruction carried out by the students on an issue that they had settled.
Ekpo lamented that all efforts to pacify the protesting students failed as they were not ready to listen to any entreaties, adding that the protest was led by a small group of students.
“They forcibly locked the gates of the university while shouting and disrupting activities and peace of the town and annex campuses.
“When it became apparent that most students were not interested in the demonstration, they proceeded to force their way into classrooms where lectures were taking place and disrupted ongoing lectures.
“They wreaked a lot of havoc within and outside the campuses, disrupting public movement and throwing stones at the police who had been stationed outside the campus to maintain peace,” Ekpo said.
Ondo To Reopen Schools November 2nd
Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu has approved the reopening of schools for all classes in public and private schools across the state beginning from Monday, November 2.
This was disclosed on Thursday by the state Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, Pastor. Femi Agagu.
He expressed that the state has become peaceful following the unrest that trailed the #EndSARS protest.
Recall that the state government had earlier directed schools to reopen on October 19 after seven months of closure due to COVID- 19 outbreak.
But the schools were shut days after when the #EndSARS protest broke out.
BREAKING: Public, Private Schools Can Reopen Monday – Lagos Govt
The Lagos State Government on Thursday directed all public and private schools in the state to reopen all classes for academic activities.
Recall that schools were closed following the outbreak of violence that trailed the #EndSARS protests in the State.
The government directed students and pupils in boarding houses to report to school on Sunday, 1st of November in preparation for the general resumption by Monday, 2nd November, 2020.
The directive was contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo which was signed by Kayode Abayomi, Head, Public Affairs, Ministry of Education.
The Commissioner advised pupils/students to take their studies more seriously in a bid to recover the lost period and thereby excel.
FG, ASUU Disagree On Payment Platform
The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ended in a deadlock on Wednesday.
The union and Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige led delegation failed to agree on the payment platform to be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowance of the university lecturers.
According to reports, the Federal Government offered to pay the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform pending the roll-out of ASUU’s preferred platform, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
Also Read: Why We Haven’t Called Off Strike –ASUU
However, the ASUU delegation led by National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, insisted that the payment by the Federal Government should be made through the UTAS.
Following the failure to reach a consensus, the parties agreed to consult their respective principals and stakeholders.
They are to reconvene next week Wednesday.
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