The University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) will finally be reopening for academic activities on May 23 after 43 days of closure, following a violent protest by students over the no-tuition-fee–no examination policy and fee hike announced by the University management.
The Deputy Registrar (Information) of the University, Dr. Williams Wodi, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, May 11. Wodi said authorities of the university decided to reopen the institution to enable students pursue their academic activities.
“UNIPORT will be reopened for academic activities on Monday, May 23 to enable students pursue their academic dreams. The first semester examinations will also begin on May 23 and end on June 18. The first semester break begins from June 20 to July 1, while second semester begins on July 3.”
On April 11, some students of the university protested over a “no tuition no examination” policy, which has compelled defaulting students to repeat a whole academic session. The protest led to the destruction of properties worth millions of naira.
The violent protest had led to the death of a final year student, Peter Ofurum, who was of the faculty of management sciences.
Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Ndowa Lale, has called on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), to quickly complete and hand over the 522 bed-space hostel, which the commission built for institutions in the Niger Delta. Stating that this would help in addressing urgent accommodation challenges in the university, some of which were raised by the students in a recent protest. Adding that in addition to the complaints about fees in the university, the students had also complained about inadequate accommodation.
The commission has already handed over seven of the completed prototype hostels to the University of Benin; Imo State University; Federal University of Science and Technology, Owerri; Delta State University, Abraka; University of Uyo Teaching Hospital; University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt and the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture in Umudike, Abia State.