By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€” STUDENTS of Rivers State University of Science and Technology today barricaded the main gate leading to the school as they protested with a coffin marked â€œEducation RIPâ€.
Calling for the removal of the Vice Chancellor of the school, Prof. B.B. Fakae, the students threatened to boycottÂ theÂ first semester examination scheduled to commence next week.
To guard against breakdown of law and order, police men were quickly deployedÂ to the scene of the rampage.
The security operatives, who came in about four Hilux vans, kept some distance away from the riotous students.
Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr. Des Wosu, who spoke for the Vice Chancellor, said the students should endeavour to exhaust channels of expression within the university system rather than go on rampage.
He said since the Vice Chancellor came on board, things had been going on well in the university.Â â€œWhen you want things to be done rightly, students will protest. ICT (Information and Communications Technology) for staff is free, but not free for students.
â€œRSUSTâ€™s Senate met and released timetable for the remaining part of the session. We need peace. We are making progress in the provision of infrastructure, ICT and well-equipped laboratories, among others. Although, we experienced little distraction over the strike,â€ he said.