Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Students Of AIFUE protest governments intention to downgrade University

Before the end of the tenure of the Jonathan led government it took the bold step of naming the former Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education a Federal University of Education as a kind gesture of its many years of churning out credible and worthy graduates that have contributed to the growth and sustenance of the education sector and other aspects of the Nigerian economy.
It was shocking to hear speculations about the intentions of the incumbent President, Rtd. General Muhammadu Buhari, to revert the decision of the past government in upgrading the college to a University.

Over the past week it’s been a talking point among students and staffs some wondering why the government would want to go back on its words why others saw it as some sort of which hunt as it was only the institution that was being reverted.

Tired of speculating and gossiping on the, matter, students and staffs of the institution proactively took the bull by the horn and went on a peaceful protest against the impending decision in the wake that their action will stall any uncanny decision from the government.
Students and staffs of the University were seen demonstrating peacefully marching towards the government house with placards that bore different descriptions as a means of expressing their frustration.
Some of the placards bore inscriptions like Forward ever and backward never, we are comfortable with our university status, No Alvan University No President Buhari, and so on.
At the Governmen t House, the students met the absence of the Governor, but they were able to meet with the Special Assistant to the Governor on ICT Hon. Ik Ogbonna.
Hon.Ik Ogbonna reminded the Students that the Presidency who is aimed at ensuring positive change has no time for negative change.

He went ahead to thank the Students for peacefully conducting themselves and did not allow themselves to be manipulated by those who made themselves enemies of the state.
Speaking further, Hon. Ik Ogbonna said that he is sure that those behind the rumour will have their faces buried in a basket of shame as their plan of triggering a violent Students’ protest did not work.
He maintained that God will continue to speak for the Government against her adversaries but called on all to be positive and support the government instead of resorting to cheap blackmail.
The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union (ASUU) of the institution – Mrs. Ukachi Wachukwu who later briefed newsmen said that the action of the staff and students was in response to available information that the Presidency had concluded plans to revert the institution to its original position as a College of Education.
Wachukwu, who is also the Chairman of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the institution added that the protest was the nip the alleged plan in the bud even as she dismissed those behind the plan as selfseeking individuals who do not mean well for the nation’s education sector.
While pledging the continued support of the staff and students to the federal government, the ASUU boss vowed that all trade unions in the school including students and staff would resist the down grading with the last drop of their blood if it is true.
The President of the Students Union Government (SUG) in the university, Comrade Solomon T.W.U Okafor wondered why the federal government should embark on such a retrogressive measure after elevating the College to a degree awarding institution.
Okafor who equally denounced the action as grossly inimical to the Education Sector pleaded with the Presidency to quickly rescind the decision before it is too late.
 Some staffs and students who spoke on anonymity said it was wicked for the President who has barely stayed 100 days on the seat to task himself with destroying everything his predecessor did.

They wondered why Alvan, as the school is popularly referred to, was a target adding that it may be a plot by the Northern elites to further impoverish the educational system down south. 

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