Groups frown at plans to re-open varsity
Plans to re-open the Federal University, Wukari that was recently shut down following protest embarked on by the students, which was necessitated by the kidnap of their colleagues may be unrealistic, as the Community of Tiv Students (CTS) and Tiv Staff of the institution have petitioned the National Universities Commission over the planned re-opening of the university. Joined in the petition was the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Abubakar M. Kundiri.
In the petition signed by Patrick Tion for Tiv Staff Forum and Shihon David for the CTS, the group said that reopening the school slated for August 14, would have an adverse effect on the Tiv students and staff.
Citing the ongoing skirmishes between the Tiv and the Jukun ethnic groups in the state, reopening the school without putting relevant security measures in place, they said would be inimical to the lives of the Tiv students as well as the staff. They noted that the issues that led to the closure of the university had been not addressed, adding: “opening now will further escalate the situation.”
They called for a full investigation into the gruesome murder of the kidnapped students, saying the perpetrators must be brought to book before reopening the university.
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