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Nigeria: School authority shuts Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, bans SUG


The Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, has been shut on the orders of the authorities of the institution.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Students’ Union Government (SUG) has also been banned by management, with immediate effect.

The actions followed the violent protest staged on Friday by the students over alleged meddling of management in the affairs of the SUG, including alleged attempts to install its stooges as leaders of the students’ body during its election held on Thursday.

During the protest, the students had disrupted normal academic activities by blocking all the gates leading to the institution for hours, thereby hindering human and vehicular movement.

Some valuable facilities in the institution’s School of Engineering were also destroyed.

The institution’s Director of Protocol, Information and Public Relations, Mr Adeyemi Adejolu, in a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, denied the students’ claims that authorities were interfering with the union’s affairs.

He also described as needless and unwarranted the violent protest by the students, saying their action was based on a mere rumour from unreliable sources, adding that management had nothing to gain from imposing candidates for students’ union election.

According to him, the decision to shut the polytechnic was arrived at during an emergency joint meeting of the Academic Board and Management Committee held on Saturday.

Adejolu said management was, therefore, surprised at the last unprovoked protest and unverified allegation of the imposition of candidate.

The institution’s spokesman said that students would resume Nov. 10, adding that second-semester examination would commence on Nov. 12.

He also announced that embargo had been placed on students’ union activities with immediate effect. Adejolu said that an 11-man committee had already been set up to look at the immediate and remote causes of the protest. NAN

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