Idowu Olayinka, vice chancellor, University of Ibadan, has appealed to students of the institution to avoid a further disruption of the academic calendar.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Olayinka welcomed the students back on campus ahead of the July 2 resumption date.

“I welcome all undergraduate students back to the campus after the postponement of examinations occasioned by the unfortunate students’ protest of May 29, 2017.

“Since the suspension of examination, there have been numerous productive engagements by many stakeholders of the University with all agreeing on one basic fact; the university should reopen as soon as possible.

“It is in this regard that I want to reinforce the appeal made at the beginning of the session that as you return to the campus, you should join hands with the university management to ensure that there is no further disruption of the academic calendar.

“As I noted in my release before the May 29, 2017 protest, this session has been unduly extended and any further extension will not in any way be in the interest of the students and the entire university community.”

According to the statement, the five-week break embarked on by the university has implications for the final year students who are supposed to proceed for the National Youth Service Corp scheme and Law school during the last quarter of 2017.

“The revised academic calendar occasioned by the five-week break implies that the current session is expected to end on 29 January, 2018; this already has far-reaching implications for our final year students who should normally proceed to the Law school or the National Youth Service Corp scheme during the last quarter of 2017.

“There are others seeking admission to foreign universities and who may not be able to do so as a result of the extensions which have resulted in the irregular academic session.”

The vice chancellor assured students of the willingness of the management to dialogue on issues affecting student welfare.

“In addition to the other regular hours, the university librarian has made arrangements for the Kenneth Dike library to open from 8am to 4pm on Saturdays, and from 2pm to 10pm on Sundays.

“The director of works will also deploy mobile generators to strategic lecture theatres for students who may be interested in overnight readings.

“There are reports that a few students are still inclined towards further disruption of examination and other activities. This surely is not in the interest of students or the university as a whole. Once again, I assure you that the university management is open to continuous dialogue on issues affecting student’s welfare.”

The university was shut down after students protested the inability of the management to provide identity cards for two sessions despite payment as well as the continued ban on electric cookers on campus.



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