The Niger Delta University have constituted its students’ interim committee which it named the Students’ Management Interface Committee (SMIC) from best brains in the University community. The committee members cuts across all Faculties as it consists of only first class students. This came after banning students unions for exactly for 3 years, 7 months earlier in April 26th, 2018.
Present in the inauguration was the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Samuel Gowon Edoumiekumo, the DVC Admin, Prof. Allen Agih, DVC Academics, Prof. Christine Odi, the Registrar, Mr. Benjamin Joffa, Dean of Postgraduate Studies, Prof. Ibaba S. Ibaba. Also present was the Admissions Officer, the PRO, Deans of Faculties, Dean of Students Affairs, amongst other dignitaries.
Recall that the NDU management, under the current Vice Chancellor, banned students’ unionism for what it referred to as “unruly behaviour of the students on campus” on April 26th, 2018. Students had earlier on April, 2018 went on repeated riots after managements’ tampering with the NDU school fees structure.
According to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Samuel Gowon Edoumiekumo who was present all through the event to inaugurate the team, the university has painstakingly selected best brains from all Faculties to ensure that no one could fault the University’s selection process. However, the very best student with a perfect CGPA of 5.00 who was supposed to chair the team declined participation in school politics. The VC remarked that the student was too fragile and declined participation.
The Vice Chancellor charged the committee to handle students’ affairs in all decency as he urged them not to drive students into unnecessary actions.
While addressing the newly formed team, the director of academic planning urged them individually to work as if the success of the team depends on them as an individual and to depend on God for a purposeful administration.
The Dean of Students Affairs on his part also urged the newly formed interface committee not to let the fire in them go down since they are the best in their respective Faculties. He also thanked the University management for the prestigious office given to him as the Dean of Students’ Affairs.
While fielding questions from reporters immediately after the event, the chairman of the committee, Mr. Egberibin Ayibamiebi stated that he has no plan currently ahead as the whole activities came unexpectedly.
It is being anticipated that by December, the new election will be held that will usher in the new SUG team.
Many students have since expressed their appreciation to the NDU management for the inauguration of the committee. However, other notable stakeholders have also expressed their dissatisfaction over the use of first class students to constitute a committee that will handle students affairs.
Our subsequent publication will address the views of the many stakeholders who have expressed their concern over the inauguration.
See the committee members below during their oath taking/inauguration ceremony