Delta Varsity Halts Academic Activities

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The Delta State University, Abraka, has suspended academic activities at its Institute of Science Laboratory Technology (ISLT) for students’ violent demonstration. The students of the institute started the demonstration at about 3 p.m. on Wednesday in Abraka, disrupting academic activities on campus and destroying cars and offices, including the administrative block and the cyber café. Our correspondent learnt that the students were not happy with the management for delaying their results for the past two years. The students were also agitating to be included in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme, even with their status as part-time students. The management of the institute, in a statement, condemned the demonstration for its violence. It said that the violent nature of the demonstration was against the university’s guidelines for demonstration which stated that “all demonstration, boycott, etc must be peaceful”. The guideline also stipulates that demonstrations and their organisers must not disrupt or obstruct education and other activities of the university. It states that they should not also obstruct or restrict free movement of persons in any part of the university campus or destroy university properties or endanger any person, including staff, on the campus. The statement said that after due consideration of the violation of the guidelines, the management noted that the demonstration led to wanton destruction of properties and personal injury. It said the management had directed the immediate suspension of academic activities and vacation of campus by all students of the ISLT programme. “It should be noted that appropriate action is being taken by the Senate of the university as it affects the ISLT programme,” it said.