FUTO Protest : Group threatens varsity authorities over expulsion of final year students

FUTO
Group threatens varsity authorities over expulsion of final year
students
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Members of the Alliance of Nigerian Students Against Neo-
liberal Attacks have urged the management of the Federal
University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, to revoke its
decision to expel six final year students of the varsity.
The undergraduates in question are up for expulsion for
demonstrating against the hike in school fees of the
institution
In a statement signed by the Registrar, J. U Nnabuihe , the
school authorities decided to dismiss the students on the
grounds of gross misconduct and flouting the regulations of
the institution
The expelled students are Collins Ogbonna (Fishery and
Aquaculture Technology department), Elvis Onuoha (Animal
Science Technology), Ebuka Odunze (Computer Science),
Kenneth Megwa, (Prosthetics and Orthotics department) and
Nnamdi Madu and Collins Ugwu (Optometry).
The National Public Relations Officer of ANSA, Majekodunmi
Patrick , while addressing journalists in Owerri, the Imo State
capital, said the group would mobilize Nigerian students
across the country to shutdown FUTO on May 8, 2017, if the
management fails to comply with their request by restoring the
students.
According to Patrick, the expulsion of the students is aimed at
diverting the attention from the real cause of the
demonstrations.
He said, “We have met with the organized labor in Imo State
and with the Academic Staff Union of Universities. We have told
them that we do not accept the unjust expulsion of the six
students. We demand that they are restated and the grievances
that led to the protest addressed.”

As earlier reported, on February 17, 2017, students protested
alleged increments in school fees, course registrations,
Internet and hostel fees, and generally everything the school
management was charging them for.

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