BY ISAAC OLAMIKAN
Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin(UNIBEN), Professor Faraday Orumwense, has cleared the air on the recent rustication and later recall of some students of the institution.
At a press parley on Tuesday morning in his office, Professor Orumwense stated that contrary to insinuations in some quarters “no student was rusticated for protesting against increase in the university accommodation charges.
“Rather, some students were rusticated, after due process was observed, for their roles in attempting to disrupt the university’s 47 founders day and 43 convocation ceremonies.”
Going further, the Vice Chancellor said that “Without exhausting the appropriate mechanism of the university for addressing students’ concerns, some elements of the students’ union government called a protest of students with the aim of disrupting the founders’ day and convocation ceremonies of the university.”
The Vice Chancellor asserted that that the university’s “management holds the views of students’ representatives in very high esteem and have always shown willingness to dialogue with our esteemed students.”
Nevertheless, he affirmed that the institution’s management “would not tolerate a situation where a few individuals would deploy the students’ union engagement mechanisms for the furtherance of illegitimate purposes.”
According to him, “from all indications, the students’ protest of November 23, 2017, were uncalled for, and designed only to serve the illegitimate purpose of portraying the university in bad light and disrupting her academic calendar.
“The promoters of the protest hijacked the media attention on the founder’s day and convocation ceremonies of the university to further their illegitimate goals.”
He however, absolved the Chancellor of the University, His Highness, Muhammadu Sanusi for playing any part in determining the new charges.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the governing council of a university, headed by a Pro-Chancellor, is solely responsible for the financial operation of a university and not the chancellor,” Professor Orumwense stressed.
He disclosed that “the new charges approved by the council, was done after a careful and painstaking exhaustion of all relevant considerations and with due regards to the view of the students, who participated fully in the decision making process and it is also important to state that the new charges affected only the incoming students.”
Professor Orumwense stated that the university management, on the strength of appeal by the affected students, the students’ unions and intervention of well meaning stakeholders, decided to recall the rusticated students.
BY ISAAC OLAMIKAN