Tuesday, 2 June 2015

UNN shut as students protest lack of electricity, water

The University of Nigeria, Nsukka Campus, was on Tuesday shut down for two weeks.

The university authorities said the closure was a mid-semester break, but our correspondent gathered that it was actually meant to avert a riot planned by the students to press home their anger at the lack of electricity and water in the institution.

It was learnt that the planned riot was to take place within the week.

A student, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told our correspondent that there had been acute water scarcity, and no power supply in the institution for a very long time.

However, the university management, in a statement signed by its Chief Public Relations Officer, Okwun Omeaku, described the closure as two-week mid-semester break.

The statement reads, “This is to bring to the notice of all students and the entire university community, that the university of Nigeria shall proceed on a two-week mid semester break with immediate effect.

“Consequently, all academic activities on the campuses are hereby suspended for the period.

“Students are by this notice directed to vacate their hostels within the next 24 hours, i.e, not later than 6pm on Tuesday, June 02, 2015.”

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