UNIBEN shut as students protest fee hike

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Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Prof. Lilian Salami, has announced the immediate closure of the institution, following the protest by students on Tuesday.

Students of the institution blocked the Benin-Lagos Expressway and the Ekheuan Road over a N20,000 late registration fee imposed by the school authority.

They described this decision as unpleasant particularly amidst the “unfavourable economic situation’’ in the country.

The Registrar of the institution, Mr. Ademola Bobola, disclosed in a statement that Prof. Salami ordered all students to vacate their hostels and the University premises not later than noon on Wednesday.

“The Vice-Chancellor has reviewed the agitation by a section of the students’ body on Tuesday.

“After due consultation and in the overall interest of the general students’ body, the Vice Chancellor has, on behalf of Senate, approved the closure of the University with immediate effect.

“This is based on security reports to avoid the students’ action being hijacked by hoodlums; and thereby prevent any form of breakdown of law and order within and outside the campuses of the University,” she said.

The University resumed for the 2020 to 2021 academic session on Wednesday.

– NAN

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