From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan
The Senate of the University of Ibadan has recalled undergraduate students of the institution to resume academic activities on July 3, 2017.
The university’s Director of Public Communication, Mr. Olatunji Oladejo, in a statement yesterday, said the students were expected to arrive on campus as from July 2, 2017, while first semester examinations of the 2016/2017 academic session would begin on July 4, 2017.
The institution was shut down for undergraduate students on May 29, 2017, less than 24 hours to the commencement of the first semester examinations for the 2016/2017 academic session.
The closure followed a protest staged by the students, who barricaded major highway on Mokola-UI-Ojoo Road in front of the institution. The barricade caused gridlock in the vicinity of UI. The standstill was experienced in places including Ojoo, Agbowo, Bodija, Sango, and Mokola for several hours.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, in a broadcast on May 29, announced the closure and said the examinations had been rescheduled to commence on July 17, 2017.
According to Oladejo, the decision to recall the undergraduates was based on the consideration of an interim report of an Ad-hoc Committee on Students’ Crisis set up to look into the immediate and remote cause(s) of the recent students’ protest, which Senate considered at its special meeting yesterday.