The University of Benin (UNIBEN) management has announced the closure of the school with immediate effect, following the protests by students who kicked against the decision to impose extra charges on late payment of school fees.
Recalled that the school management stated that students, who fail to pay their school fees within the stipulated time, will pay extra charges of N20,000, according to the students.
In this regard, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Lilian Salami, on Tuesday reviewed the students’ agitation and approved the closure of the university citing security reasons.
Students were also directed to leave the school premises on or before 12 noon on Wednesday, September 15.
However, the statement reads in part: “After due consultation, and in the overall interest of the general students’ body, the Vice-Chancellor has, on behalf of Senate, approved the closure of the University with immediate effect.
“This is based on security reports to avoid the students’ action being hijacked by hoodlums; and thereby prevent any form of breakdown of law and order within and outside the campuses of the University.
“Accordingly, all students are to vacate the hostels and the University premises not later than 12 noon on Wednesday 15th, September 2021.”