The Vice Chancellor of the Niger Delta University (NDU), Amassoma in Bayelsa State, Professor Samuel Gowon Edoumiekumo, has finally bowed to pressure following the massive protest that greeted his introduction of compulsory uniforms for students of the institution.
The students had staged a peaceful protest against the issue of uniforms for them and the sudden decision of the management to increase tuition fees.
They also rejected the closure of the portal for school fees payment which makes students who failed to register for the previous academic session repeat their level of study.
Following the protest, authorities of institution on Wednesday ordered that it should be closed indefinitely to keep the situation under control and avoid any escalation.
However, with the intervention of the Bayelsa State Government the issue seems to have been resolved as indicated by the Vice Chancellor.
At the end of a stakeholders meeting, presided over by the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, on the directive of Governor Douye Diri, in Yenagoa on Wednesday night, Prof. Edoumiekumo told newsmen that the suspension of the Students’ Union Government has been lifted.
Edoumiekumo also said the school fees portal has been reopened and consideration has also been given for part-payment of the school fees to those who have not been able to pay.
He denied claims that the university imposed uniforms on students, saying those were mere fabrications by social media users and is not a decision of the school’s Senate.
The VC encouraged students to pay their school fees in full, but noted that they would be prevented from writing second semester exams if their complete fees have not been paid.
The Commissioner for Education, Hon. Emelah Gentle on his part, said the government intervened because it does not want the school to be closed for too long.
He added that the University has agreed to recieve installmental payments of school fees, hence students can pay 70% of the fees, and pay 30% before the second semester exams of their current level.
Also present at the meeting were the Chief of Staff, Government House, Chief Benson Agadaga, the Technical Adviser to the Governor on Student Affairs, Hon. Austin Adigio and the Members of the Students Management Committee (SMC).