By Emma Amaize
WARRI- A lorry-load of anti-riot policemen were deployed to the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, FUPRE, Ugbomro, Delta State, Thursday afternoon, as crisis between the authorities of the institution and students over non-accreditation of their degree courses escalated.
Vanguard learnt that the 400-level students, who declined to sit for their final year examinations, which commenced , Wednesday, on grounds that it was worthless doing so, as their degree programmes have not been accredited in the past five years.
An attempt by the authorities to break their ranks by asking those of them who were interested in graduating to write the final year examination backfired as the students, who appear united in their resolve, threatened to deal with any saboteur.
They only allowed those who had carry-over to write their re-sit examination, while the Vice Chancellor, Prof Babatunde Alabi was asked to justify their sitting for a final-year examination where as the certificate was not recognized.
The school authorities contacted the police to deploy its personnel policemen to the school when it became obvious that the final-year students were bent on making trouble if their demand was not met.
A lecturer in the school told Vanguard at about 1.00 pm said, “The place is not safe, as I speak to you now, mobile policemen have been invited to the school and I don’t want anybody to say that it was stray bullet that hit me, I have to leave to save my life”.
He said, “I don’t expect any lecturer to be part of the charade by the authorities, what should be uppermost in the mind of the management of the school is accreditation of the degree courses offered by the university. Why should I blame the students? They are right, they are saying that they will not write examination for degree courses that are not accredited, the authorities should address the matter”.