Academic and non academic activities at the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom
state were on Wednesday brought to a halt following the protest of the
students over increment of General Studies GST course fee of N2000 and
inter campus transport levy of N200 a student daily.
According to our sources, the Students who gathered at the town campus of the University along Ikpa
Road at about 8:am had locked all the entrance gates of the two campuses of
the institution making it impossible for most members of staff to gain
access in the campuses.
It was gathered that the protest which started as a peaceful
march went violent with the arrival of the joint task force who killed a
student by name Kingsley Udoette, a level 200 student of Zoology in the course of the fracas.
Kingsley Umoette’s Photo
Business activities along Ikpa road and adjoining streets also came to a
halt as shop owners and passersby deserted the area to avoid being hit by
strayed bullets of the policemen who shot sporadically into the air to
scare away the students.
The Students who demanded the sack of the Vice Chancellor of the Ivory
Tower, Prof. Comfort Ekpo alleged that she was incompetent of handling the
affairs of the institution.
A student who pleaded anonymity said schooling in UniUyo, though a federal
institution has become a burden as Ekpo has either introduced new levies or
increased the previous ones.
The student said the current protest was sparked off by the introduction of
N200 inter campus fare from the Town Campus in Ikpa road to the Main Campus
in Ekpri Nsukara along Nwaniba in Uyo, an estimated distance of about
As a result of the saga, the Vice chancellor’s office and the administrative block was razed down.
It was also learnt that Ekpo led administration had further introduced
special fees of N2000 per each student registering for compulsory GST
courses for undergraduate students.
A staff who did not want his name in print though noting that Ekpo’s
administration was the worst in the history of the University, however
stated that the relocation of all science based courses from the town
campus to the main campus was the reason for the fare introduction.
According to him ‘ when it only engineering students who were in the main
campus it was possible for the school to convey students free of charge
from the Town Campus to Main campus with only two luxury buses because the
students were few in number”.
He said with all science based courses relocated to the main campus, the
number of students has also increased making it impossible for the school
to fuel the buses for them to attend classes on time as one bus may need to
ply the route many times to convey all the students to and from the
The Director of Public Relations, Mr. Godfrey Essien when contacted said he
was on casual leave and was still waiting to be fully briefed on the
immediate cause of the protest.
All efforts to speak with the Dean, Students’ Affairs, Prof. Eno Ibanga
proved abortive as he refused to pick his calls.
Meanwhile, the school authority, through the Registrar, Mrs. Edak Umondak
has closed down the school indefinitely and directed all residents to
vacate the campuses with immediate effect