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UNIBEN shut down due to students’ protest over new N20,000 charge



The of Benin (Uniben) has been closed down with immediate effect by its administration.

On Tuesday, September 14, students of the emptied into the streets to protest the imposition of a N20,000 late registration fee by the institution.

The students also mounted roadblocks at the entrance of the university’s main campus in Ugbowo, a course of action that affected the free flow of traffic in and around the Benin metropolis.

UNIBEN shut down due to students' protest over new N20,000 charge

UNIBEN shut down due to students’ protest over new N20,000 charge

A terse statement from the reads as follows:

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

“After due consultation, and in the overall interest of the general students’ body, the vice-chancellor has, on behalf of the senate, approved the closure of the 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.

“Accordingly, all students are to vacate the hostels and the premises not later than 12 noon on Wednesday 15th, September 2021.”

Benjamin Egwu, President of the Student Union Government (SUG), had said that the decision to charge students N20,000 for late registration was in bad faith.


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