Studying in Fear! University of Maiduguri is Collapsing – ASUU

The University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) which exists in the hub of Boko Haram activities has now shown signs of total collapse with a constant drop in students’ enrollment and resignation of several lecturers due to insecurity in and around the University.

This was disclosed by the Chairman of the academic staff union of the university, ASUU, Dr. Dani Mamman in a chat with newsmen, following the attack on some lecturers of the institution among the oil workers ambushed along Magumeri, Gubio road in Borno Yesu, which left about 69 persons dead while three lecturers were also abducted.

Dr. Mamman said activities of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, has forced over 70 lecturers mostly professors of the University of Maiduguri, Borno state to resign their appointments with the University, thereby creating a vacuum in the number of academic staff of the institution. According to him: “The exit of some lecturers has affected research and learning because some are specialists in their fields. Usually, such exodus affects accreditation of some programmes and courses.”

He also said the admission figure of students has been dropping since insurgency started, adding that no one knew how many students would be willing to get enrolled into the institution this year.

The ASUU Chairman, who called on the Federal Government and the University Authorities to put in place adequate security to protect lives and property of staff and students, adding  that the idea of closure of the University would not be an option if the demands made to the Federal Government were fulfilled.

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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