The Students’ Union executive of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) has been suspended and a care-taker committee is to be put in place.
This was disclosed by Public Relations Officer of the University, Benedicta Ehanire, Ph.D, in a statement made available to CAMPUS GIST on Tuesday.
She said the Institution’s Senate took the action to forestall a breakdown of law and order following the planned instigated protest by the Students Union body in reaction to the shift in the school’s academic calendar.
CAMPUS GIST recalls that there has been series of agitation amongst students following a shift in the Academic Calendar to accommodate the National Sports Festival taking place in Edo State from April 2, which the institution is camping the athletes.
Meanwhile, the University management accused the suspended Union of persistently engaging in subversive activities including incitement of other students to disobey lawful instructions by the school authorities.
“This is in spite of concerted efforts by the Management, led by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Lilian Salami, to provide their basic needs of water and electricity as well as enhanced infrastructure for learning.
“Consequently, the account of the Union has been suspended and their Secretariat, sealed,” the statement added.
Ehanire said all members of the erstwhile students’ Union executives are to hand over their Students’ Union Identity Cards to the Chief Security Officer of the University immediately.
“They are also to vacate the privileged hostel accommodations accorded them latest 6:00pm today, Tuesday 30th March, 2021.”