The management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) has disclosed that it has recalled five students recently rusticated for their roles in the November 23, 2017 students’ protest.
This was made known to newsmen by the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Faraday Orumwunse.
He said the recall of the students followed the appeal in writing by the rusticated students, the Students’ Union as well as the intervention of well-meaning stakeholders.
The vice chancellor said from all indications, the protest was uncalled for and designed only to serve the illegitimate purpose of portraying the university in bad light while disrupting its academic calendar.
Orumwunse explained that it was difficult to understand why the students’ union would call for a protest within 24 hours of receiving the assurance of the Pro-Chancellor that the issues raised in their letters would be reviewed.
According to him, management holds the views of students’ representatives in very high esteem and has always shown willingness to dialogue with the students.
He said it was untrue that the Chancellor of the institution and Emir of Kano, Mohammad Sanusi II, was involved in determining the school’s new charges.
The vice chancellor explained that the Governing Council of a university headed by a Pro-Chancellor was solely responsible for the financial operations of a university and not the Chancellor.
Orumwense, however, said the management had reviewed the issues that led to the protest.