* NUBSS Rejects Bayelsa Varsity’s Resolutions After Protests, Says It Faulted Previous Agreement
The National Union of Bayelsa State Students (NUBBS), Worldwide has rejected the decision of authorities of the Niger Delta University (NDU), Amassoma, for students of the institution to pay their complete fees before they will be allowed to sit for any examination.
The decision was one of the resolutions reached at the end of a meeting between the state government, headed by the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, the management of the NDU and some students representatives.
It will be recalled that the university was thrown into chaos last week, as the students protested the high fees, the closure of the school fees payment portal as well as the sudden imposition of school uniforms on them.
They also protested against the ban on student union activities, saying it was a move aimed at removing their ability to represent themselves on a unified platform and silence their voices for ever.
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The school was later closed down as a result of the protests, forcing the government to intervene and the management to drop all the new policies.
However, the students are not pleased with the implementation of the directives of the government, saying the management of the university has betrayed the agreement.
In a statement on Friday, July 16, the National President of NUBSS, Comrade Ikio Patrick said the school’s decision to go ahead and withdraw the admission of students who have not completed their fees, is unacceptable.
He warned that if the decision is not changed, the students will organize bigger protests, that will worsen the current situation until their demands are met.
Comrade Ikio however thanked the state government for is timely intervention in the first round of protests which prevented it from degenerating into anarchy in the NDU and the state in general.
The statement reads: “We are aware that there was a memo released by the Niger Delta University which was tagged “SPECIAL RELEASE: DECISIONS OF THE 181ST MEETING (EMERGENCY) OF THE UNIVERSITY SENATE HELD ON JULY 7TH” and the students wish to agree with all paragraphs in the memo except paragraphs 5, 6 and 7.
“Furthermore, we are aware that the school’s management has still gone ahead behind and against one of the major reasons for our protest to withdraw admissions against the pleas and demands of students, this is, to say the least, unstudently.
“We demands the reduction of the exhorbitant and inconsiderate school fees being paid, as this is the primary cause of the default in payment of the said fees by the students.
“The only way students can be heard at the moment is the reintroduction of the Student Union and her activities and this should be enforced in this session of 2020/2021 and not a later session of 2021/2022.
“We condemn this sham of an agreement in its totality as the memo by its paragraphs are opposite and short of the discussions.
“We advise the school management to revisit her discussions and make them all in favour of the students. Failure of which will attract bigger protests until our clamours and pleas are perfected”.