Both students and staff unions of the University of Maiduguri have threatened to keep the institution locked when academic activities resume in October if the Federal Government failed to address its security situation.
Addressing a joint press conference in Maiduguri, the university’s chapter of ASUU, SSANU, NASU, NAAT and SUG called on the federal government to immediately take all the necessary measures to provide effective security measures and equipment to protect the lives and properties of the University community or face the wrath of closure of the institution.
They warned that “for the avoidance of doubt if no immediate action was taken to protect our members, we shall be compelled to call our Congresses to consider taking drastic action which would not augur well with our students and their parents.”
In a statement that was read by the Chairman, UNIMAID ASUU, Dr. Dani Mamman, who led other Chairmen of the unions to the press conference at the NUJ Press Centre Maiduguri, said, “We wish to categorically state that we would not guarantee the reopening of the University of Maiduguri for the 2017/2018 academic session in October 2017 if the federal government failed to meet our reasonable demands.”
“We hope that the federal government would not push the unions into disrupting the university calendar that took concerned efforts to be normalised.
“We passionately appeal to the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo to urgently intervene in this matter of great national and international consequence. We call on the federal government to take immediate steps to protect us from the onslaught of these desperate marauders through a special intervention”.