Nigerian undergraduates under the aegis of Alliance of Nigerian Students Against Neo-liberal Attacks have urged the management of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, to rescind its decision on the expulsion of six final-year students of the university who demonstrated against hike in school fees.
The university, in a statement signed by its Registrar, J. U Nnabuihe, dismissed the students on the grounds of gross misconduct and flouting the regulations of the institution.
The expelled students are Collins Ogbonna (Fishery and Aquaculture Technology department), Elvis Onuoha (Animal Science Technology), Ebuka Odunze (Computer Science), Kenneth Megwa, (Prosthetics and Orthotics department) and Nnamdi Madu and Collins Ugwu (Optometry).
Addressing journalists in Owerri, the Imo State capital, the National Public Relations Officer of ANSA, Majekodunmi Patrick, said the group would mobilise all Nigerian students across the country to shutdown FUTO on May 8, 2017, if the management failed to restore the studentship of the expelled undergraduates.
Patrick said the expulsion of the students was intended to divert attention from the real cause of the demonstrations.
He said, “We have met with the organised labour in Imo State and with the Academic Staff Union of Universities. We have told them that we do not accept the unjust expulsion of the six students. We demand that they are restated and the grievances that led to the protest addressed. ”