The management of the Niger Delta University (NDU) in Bayelsa state has announced the indefinite closure of the insitution amid protests by students over the introduction of uniforms.

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The institution broke the news in a memo dated July 7 and signed by Benjamin Joffa, its registrar.

It also directed the students to vacate its campuses following the directive until the matter is addressed.

“Following the ongoing unrest in the university, I am directed to inform the general public and the university community that academic activities have been suspended indefinitely with immediate effect,” the memo read.

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“Consequently, all students are directed to vacate the university’s campuses and its facilities on or before 3pm today, Wednesday, July 7, 2021.”

Students of the institution had earlier staged a peaceful protest over the management’s uniform policy.

They had also kicked against the closure of the school fees portal for the 2020/2021 academic session as well as reported suspension of students’ union activities.

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The demonstration had come after Samuel Edoumiekumo, the institution’s vice-chancellor, announced the implementation of the uniform policy and portal closure on Monday.

He had explained that the decision on uniforms was taken by the varsity’s senate after James Okunmakpeye, a student of the institution, was shot dead in April.

Edoumiekumo also noted that the uniform policy was not new, adding that it had been undergoing deliberation since 2017 when the heads of departments (HODs) and faculty deans suggested a means of identification for students.

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