UNIBEN Students Protest

UNIBEN Students Protest Over Suspension Of Students’ Union By Vice Chancellor

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Students of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) on Tuesday evening trooped out in large numbers to protest against the suspension of the Students’ Union of the institution by the University management led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lilian Salami.

UNIBEN Students Protest Over SUG Suspension

The students also resisted an attempt to be evacuated from their halls of residence.

The University Senate on Tuesday rose from a meeting to suspend the executives of the UNIBEN Students’ Union, saying it was to forestall the breakdown of law and order.

It said the leaders of the union were planning a protest against the adjusted academic calendar of the school.

UNIBEN Students Overnight Protest

Chanting ‘No SUG! No UNIBEN! We are going nowhere! as they protest, the students said the management wanted to use the hostel accommodations of the school to host athletes coming for the National Sports Festival holding in Benin City, the state capital on April 4.

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A statement made by the UNIBEN SUG and signed by its Public Relations Officer comrade Destiny Uanzekin, described the evacuation order as a violation of students’ academic rights.

He also condemned the proscription of the Students’ Union.

He said, “It is indeed shocking that the school management would make an attempt to depose a legitimate students’ body, rather than accommodate, or come to a compromise, on our just and reasonable demands.

“The Golden Age Executives were elected by the students, and have sworn to protect the interest of the students at all times. Our legitimacy is rooted in student consensus. 

“We are a government of the people (students) and by the people (students), therefore only the people (students) through a Students’ Representative Parliament, can remove Union Executives from office, pursuant to Section 38 (Pg. 40) of the (UNIBEN) Students Union Constitution.

“Despite the infamous and incessant, almost biennial nationwide strikes of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Federal Government of Nigeria cannot disband the leadership of the Staff Union, as this contravenes the fundamental human right to association, as ratified by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in Paris, France, 1948, and as adopted by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Despite this new development, we will not be deterred in our commitment to student solidarity and general welfare. The age-old management tactic of encroaching on our fundamental human rights to freedom of association (this time has done preemptively) anytime there is a contrast of opinions between both parties, does not correspond with the tenets of a democratic society

“We hereby ask the school management to do the right thing and engage the Students’ Union in talks, and reach a compromise, as we have previously promoted.

“We urge all students to remain vigilant, unfazed, and unperturbed in the face of yet another challenge, as the Union continues to work round the clock, advocating and promoting the common interest of all UNIBEN students.”

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