Management of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) has announced the closure of the university for one month following the violent students’ protest, on Monday, over the new tuition fee policy in Port Harcourt.
Dr Williams Wodi, UNIPORT’s Deputy Registrar (Information), made this known in a text message made available to newsmen, on Monday evening.
The closure was coming on the heels of the reported killing of a student leader, Peter Ofurum, President of the Faculty of Management Science Students Association, during the protest.
According to the statement, by Wodi, the decision to close the school was reached during an emergency Senate meeting convened to address the students’ protest over the ‘no tuition fee-no-examination policy.’
“Senate has shut down the University of Port Harcourt with immediate effect.
“All students are hereby directed to vacate their hostel accommodation before 6 p.m. today (Monday), while Students’ union and all its affiliates bodies are suspended with immediate effect.
“The closure will last for a period of one month,” the text message read.