Anti-riot Policemen Deployed To FUPRE

A lorry-load of anti-riot policemen were deployed to the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, FUPRE, Ugbomro, Delta State, yesterday afternoon, as crisis braws between the authorities of the institution and the students over non-accreditation of their degree courses escalated.
The POINTER learnt that the 400-level students, declined to sit for their final year examinations, which commenced Wednesday, on grounds that it was worthless doing so, as their degree programmes have not been accredited in the past five years.
An attempt by the authorities to break their ranks by asking those of them who were interested in graduating to write the final year examination backfired as the students, who appear united in their resolve, threatened to deal with any saboteur.

Dr. Cairo Ojougbo (right) and Hon. Young Esiekpe, co-ordinator, Coalition of Youth Groups in support of the deregulation of downstream oil sector during a seminar in Asaba. Pix: NOBERT AMEDE


They only allowed those who had carry-over to write their re-sit examination, while the vice chancellor, Prof Babatunde Alabi was asked to justify their sitting for a final-year examination whereas the certificate was not recognized.
The school authorities contacted the police to deploy its personnel to the school when it became obvious that the final-year students were bent on making trouble if their demand was not met.
A lecturer in the school told The POINTER at about 1.00 pm said, “The place is not safe, as I speak to you now, mobile policemen have been invited to the school and I don’t want anybody to say that it was stray bullet that hit me, I have to leave to save my life”.
He said, “I don’t expect any lecturer to be part of the charade by the authorities, what should be uppermost in the mind of the management of the school is accreditation of the degree courses offered by the university. Why should I blame the students? They are right, they are saying that they will not write examination for degree courses that are not accredited, the authorities should address the matter”.

Dr. Cairo Ojougbo (right) and Hon. Young Esiekpe, co-ordinator, Coalition of Youth Groups in support of the deregulation of downstream oil sector during a seminar in Asaba. Pix: NOBERT AMEDE