College students of College of Benin (UNIBEN) on Tuesday night trooped out of their numbers to protest in opposition to the suspension of the scholars’ union of the establishment by the Professor Lilian Salami-led administration.
The scholars additionally resisted an try and be evacuated from their halls of residence.
The establishment’s Senate on Tuesday rose from a gathering to droop the executives of the scholars’ union physique, saying it was to forestall the breakdown of regulation and order.
It mentioned the leaders of the physique had been planning a protest in opposition to the adjusted tutorial calendar of the varsity.
Chanting ‘No SUG! No UNIBEN! We aren’t going nowhere’, the scholars mentioned the administration wished to make use of the hostel lodging of the varsity to host athletes coming for the Nationwide Sports activities Competition holding in Benin Metropolis, the state capital on April 4.
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Comrade Future Uanzekin, Public Relations Officer of the scholars’ Union, described the evacuation order as a violation of scholars’ tutorial rights.
He additionally condemned the proscription of the scholars’ union.
He mentioned, “It’s certainly surprising that the varsity administration would make an try and depose a legit college students’ physique, moderately than accommodate, or come to a compromise, on our simply and affordable calls for.
“The Golden Age Executives had been elected by the scholars, and have sworn to guard the curiosity of the scholars always. Our legitimacy is rooted in pupil consensus.
“We’re a authorities of the individuals (college students) and by the individuals (college students), subsequently solely the individuals (college students) by way of a College students Consultant Parliament, can take away Union Executives from workplace, pursuant to Part 38 (Pg. 40) of the College students Union Structure.
“Regardless of the notorious and relentless, nearly biennial nationwide strikes of the Tutorial Workers Union of Universities (ASUU), the Federal Authorities of Nigeria can not disband the management of the Workers Union, as this contravenes the elemental human proper to affiliation, as ratified by the Common Declaration of Human Rights, in Paris, France, 1948, and as adopted by the 1999 Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Regardless of this new growth, we won’t be deterred in our dedication to pupil solidarity and common welfare. The age-old administration tactic of encroaching on our elementary human proper to freedom of affiliation (this time completed preemptively) anytime there’s a distinction of opinions between each events, doesn’t correspond with the tenets of a democratic society
“We hereby ask the mananagement to do the suitable factor and have interaction the College students’ Union in talks, and attain a compromise, as now we have beforehand promoted.
“We urge all college students to stay vigilant, unfazed and unperturbed, within the face of one more problem, because the Union continues to work around the clock, advocating and selling the frequent curiosity of all UNIBEN college students.”