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UNIBEN Dissolves Students Union Govt

Uniben Main Gate

BEVERLY HILLS, March 31, (THEWILL) – Authorities of the University of Benin, on Wednesday, announced the suspension of the three arms of its Students’ Union Government.

The institution’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Dr. Benedicta Ehanire, in a statement issued in Benin, said that a caretaker committee would be put in place to manage the affairs of the union.

Ehanire said that the institution’s Senate took the decision to forestall a breakdown of law and order, following the planned protest by the students’ union body against the shift in the school’s academic calendar.

The statement said: “The union had persistently engaged in subversive activities, including incitement of other students to disobey lawful instructions by the school authorities.

“This is in spite of concerted efforts by management, led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Lillian Salami, to provide their basic needs, such as water and electricity as well as other facilities necessary for learning.

“Consequently, the bank account of the union has been suspended and their secretariat sealed.

“All members of the erstwhile executives are to hand over their students’ union identification cards to the Chief Security Officer of the university immediately.

“They are also to vacate the privileged hostel accommodations accorded them with immediate effect.”

Ehanire noted that the Senate, however, commended the students for resisting attempts by the students’ union executives to drag them into unwarranted agitations.

“The Senate wishes the students the best in their ongoing examinations and a restful break from April 1 until their return to campus for the second semester on April 18,” she said.

Efforts to get the reaction of the President of the suspended union, Benjamin Egwu, however, proved abortive as he neither picked nor returned the calls put through to him.

Meanwhile in another statement, the institution’s Senate announced the review of the 2019/2020 academic calendar.

Ehanire quoted the Senate as having approved the end of the first semester examinations on Thursday.