Uniabuja Shut Indefinitely Following Students’ Protest

The management of the University of Abuja on Monday shut down the institution following students protest over the on-going indefinite strike embarked upon by the academic staff of the school.

This is contained in a circular signed by the university’s registrar, Mohammed Modibo.

The circular said the vice chancellor, James Adelabu, had on behalf of the senate approved the closure of the institution until further notice.

“I am directed to inform you that given the prevailing situation in the university, the Vice Chancellor has on behalf of the senate approved that the university be closed down until further notice,” it said.

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The circular which was pasted at the university gate late on Monday directed the students to vacate hostels and university premises immediately, adding that further development would be communicated to them.

The protesting students had earlier gathered at the university staff quarters at Giri, near Gwagwalada, with mats insisting on seeing the vice chancellor.

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The students lamented that they were always at the receiving end whenever there was a strike vowed not leave until the strike was called off.

They urged the union and the university authority to dialogue and put an end to the strike.

The striking lecturers of the institution under the umbrella of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, had embarked on an indefinite strike, accusing the vice chancellor of misappropriating the school’s funds.

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The union claimed that Adelabu checked-off the union dues in 2013 and refused to remit the fund to it.

They also accused him of refusing to pay allowances entitled to members of the union.

However, the vice chancellor has denied all the allegations, stressing that the lecturers had no basis for the action.

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