Benue State University Shut down over Student Unrest

The management of Benue State University, Makurdi on Friday closed the institution following student unrest over tuition fees.

Punch reports that the students resorted to protests in the wake of the decision of management to prevent anyone yet to pay tuition fees from sitting examination which commenced on Monday.

Outraged by the move, protesting students blocked the busy Makurdi/Gboko Expressway, forcing motorists to make use of alternative routes.

Some of the students who expressed anger with the development said they embarked on the protest to draw the attention of the school’s authorities to the prevailing economic situation in the state.

One student, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “How can they stop us from sitting examination just because we cannot pay school fees? Our parents are yet to be paid for several months by the Benue State Government, so where do they want us to get the fees from?”

Another student identified as James Abah, said their leaders proposed to the university authorities to allow them take the examination and pay the fees at the time of collecting their certificates but that their request was rejected.

The institution stays closed indefinitely ahead of a meeting of stakeholders to resolve the impasse.

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