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House of Reps Directs NUC To Resolve Madonna University, Students Conflict

Madonna University. Photo: Nigerian Schools
Madonna University. Photo: Nigerian Schools

The House of Representatives has directed the National Universities Commission (NUC) to put an end to the ongoing rift and legal action between the Madonna University and two of its former students towards a win-win resolution.

The House also urged the expelled students and petitioners to its committee on Public Petition to withdraw their suit in court against the private-owned institution.

This development followed an adopted petition by the lower chamber by two former students of the university in persons of Stanley Okoye and Anderford Lyord but assigned to its committee on Public Petition chaired by Hon. Uzoma-Nkem Abonta.

It would be recalled that the students wrote to the House of Reps seeking restoration of their infringement of fundamental human rights by the authority of the university.

When investigated, the chairman of the committee stated that the committee was worried by a situation where the rights of students of higher institutions were not protected.

“The two students however shocked the committee when they revealed that they were yet to complete their academic works which is to enable them obtain the university’s certificates.

“It was therefore, suggested that the school might consider providing the students with their transcripts to enable them to conclude their schooling somewhere else.

“We want to prevent future occurrence, we want to keep standard and anybody that can’t cope will be shown the way out. The university was directed to produce the absconded lecturer of computer science and the chief security officer on Tuesday,” the chairman stated.
However, the University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Chuks Ezedum has assured the committee members of his commitment to resolving the matter.

Okeye, who was in the Department of Civil Engineering, was found culpable of vices such as examination malpractices, drug abuse and distribution, including academic failures which led to his rustication in 2013.

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