NDU suspends undergraduate student uniforms, bans indecent clothing

The Bayelsa state government has resolved the dispute between the students and the management of the Niger Delta Public University over certain policies that resulted in two days of student protests.

The resolution followed a mediation meeting held Wednesday at the request of the state government, which was attended by NDU board members and student representatives as well as other stakeholders.

The students had marched around the main campus of the university in Amassoma to demand the cancellation of the compulsory wearing of the uniform, the closure of the fee payment portal and the ban on the activities of the Government of the Union of Students by The direction.

The unrest forced management to announce the suspension of academic activities and the closure of the university on Wednesday.

The meeting, chaired by Deputy Governor Lawrence Ehwrudjakpo, at Government House, Yenagoa, agreed that the portal for the payment of tuition fees be reopened.

A statement issued by Ehwrudjakpo’s Senior Special Assistant for the Media, Mr. Doubara Atasi, said the meeting also decided that students should pay 70 percent of the tuition fee at the start of each semester.

He said: “The remaining 30 percent must be paid before the start of the second semester exams, while first year students are required to pay all fees in full to enable them to have their matriculation number.

“The meeting also approved the ban on indecent and blind clothing by students, with all faculties responsible for enforcing their respective dress codes and other regulations, as outlined in the 2015 student handbook.

“On the issue of the government suspension from the Students’ Union, it was resolved that the school authority should allow the formation of the corps at the start of the next academic calendar. ”

Pro-Chancellor NDU Dr Matthew Seiyefa praised Governor Douye Diri and his deputy for their swift intervention in the case, describing them as real fathers.

Seiyefa, a former acting director general of the Department of State Services, assured the students that the leadership will continue to make decisions that will ensure a better future for them.

In his remarks, NDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Samuel Edoumiekumo called the misunderstanding unfortunate and urged students not to be used by disgruntled politicians.

Responding on behalf of the students, Overseer Joshua-Ebi appreciated the state government for its swift intervention.

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