As University of Ibadan resumes academic activities after weeks of closure owing to protest by students of the institution over welfare packages, the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Idowu Olayinka, yesterday urged students planning to disrupt examinations to shelve the idea.
He advised them against any plan to disrupt academic activities, describing as unfortunate, the postponement of examinations due to the students’ protest of May 29.
A statement in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, welcoming students back to campus, the vice chancellor was quoted as urging the students to work with the university’s management to ensure there is no further disruption of academic calendar.
Olayinka noted that any further closure of the school would have far-reaching effects on students’ service year and Law school enrolment.
The vice chancellor said the university had made arrangements to make reading for examinations more stress-free through mobile generators to strategic lecture theatres for overnight readings.
He said: “As I noted in my statement before the May 29 protest, this session has been unduly extended and any further extension will not in any way be in the interest of the students and the university community. The revised academic calendar, occasioned by the five-week break, implies that the current session is expected to end on January 29, 2018. This already has far-reaching implications for our final year students who should normally proceed to the Law School or the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme during the last quarter of 2017.”