FUTO Students set to resume on condition after 2 months
It’s no longer news that students of Federal University of Technology Owerri, have been sitting idle at home for over two months after the school authorities shut down the campus following students’ protest alleged increments in school fees, course registrations, internet and hostel fees, and generally everything the school management was charging them for on February 17, 2017.
The protest seemed to be going on peacefully, until some students allegedly took to destroying school buildings, like the Senate building, the ICT centre, and even the Diamond Bank branch in the school premises.
And it was at that point the authorities knew they had had enough. So even though 1st semester exams of the 2016/2017 session was ongoing, they ordered an immediate and indefinite closure of the school.
According to the University’s Registrar, John Nnabuihe, who made it known in a statement said that the management of the institution is set to re-open the school on the condition that individual undergraduate must pay a compulsory levy of N12,500 for damages and also write an undertaking to be of good behaviour. He added that exams will continue exactly three weeks from the date of resumption.
However, this statement did not in any way address the grievances of the students.