A conflict has been addressed between the students and management of the state-owned Niger Delta University after the two-day demonstration they conducted as a result of various policies put in place by the government.
The decision was reached at a mediatory conference convened by the state government on Wednesday, which included members of the Niger Delta University’s Governing Council, student representatives, and other stakeholders.
The students had marched around the university’s main campus in Amassoma, demanding that the management reverse the mandatory uniform requirement, close the fees payment system, and prohibit Students’ Union Government operations.
The management was compelled to announce the suspension of academic operations and the closure of the university on Wednesday due to the turmoil.
The meeting, which took place at the Government House in Yenagoa and was presided over by the Deputy Governor, Lawrence Ehwrudjakpo, resolved to reopen the site for paying school tuition.
According to Mr Doubara Atasi, Ehwrudjakpo’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, the meeting also decided that students should pay 70% of their school tuition at the start of each semester.
“The remaining 30% must be paid before the start of second semester exams, whereas year one students must pay in full for all costs in order to receive their matriculation numbers,” it stated.
The assembly also backed the restriction of indecent and indiscriminate student wearing, with all faculties being instructed to implement their separate dress codes and other regulations as outlined in the 2015 students’ handbook.
On the matter of the Students’ Union Government being suspended, it was decided that the school authority should allow the body to be formed at the start of the next academic calendar.”
Dr Matthew Seiyefa, Pro-Chancellor of NDU, praised Governor Douye Diri and his deputy for intervening quickly in the case, calling them as true dads.
Seiyefa, a former interim Director-General of the Department of State Services, assured the students that the administration will continue to make decisions that would lead to a better future for them.
Prof Samuel Edoumiekumo, Vice-Chancellor of NDU, termed the misunderstanding as sad and warned students not to be used by unhappy politicians in his remark.