Students of the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, on Monday staged a peaceful demonstration against the sudden shutdown of the course registration portal of the institution by its management.
The aggrieved students led by the President of the Students’ Union Government, MacDonald Felix, and the Public Relations Officer, Faith Okoto, demanded the portal to be re-opened to enable them register their courses.
It was gathered that the protesting undergraduates blocked the gates of the main campus of the school in the community of former President Goodluck Jonathan, preventing workers from entry and exit.
The incident was said to have forced the authorities of the university to postpone examinations scheduled to commence on Monday.
Before the protest started, the placard-carrying students were said to have approached the Dean of Students Affairs, Dr Joseph Umoru, for a way forward.
But he allegedly told them to “go and commit suicide” if they could not suspend their studies as a result of late registration.
The students said, “Some students have applied and many have already completed their applications but the ICT Unit had issues where some enrollments were deleted. Some courses, which were registered were later de-registered among other glitches.”
However, all efforts to reach Umoru for his comments proved abortive.
But an official of the FUO, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she was not authorised to speak on the incident, said the shut gates had been re-opened, saying no property was destroyed in the school.
According to her, the management of the university would meet with the student leaders on Wednesday to resolve all issues.
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