Nigeria's oldest university shuts down

2012-04-25 07:49

Lagos - Authorities on Tuesday shut Nigeria's oldest university after a two-day protest by students over poor infrastructure in the institution, students and teachers said.

Authorities shut down for two weeks the University of Ibadan in southwest Nigeria after students staged a peaceful protest in and around the campus over the lack of water and electricity on the campus, they told AFP.

Private Channels television showed footage of hundreds of protesting students carrying placards.

One of the placards read "we are suffering, no light [electricity], no water".

The university, established in 1948, has produced world renowned intellectuals such as the 1986 Nobel laureate in literature, Wole Soyinka, and writer Chinua Achebe, the author of epic novel "Things Fall Apart".

Most universities in oil-rich Nigeria are suffering from poor or inadequate academic and social infrastructure.

Two weeks ago, two female university students in south Nigeria were drowned in a well which caved in as they were fetching water from it.

  • sbjtundde - 2012-04-25 08:33

    News24. I think they control the news feed on DSTV too,all what Interest them about Nigeria are the negativity...and this news station wider audience are so racist if yÓu don't believe when next you visit South Africa or if yÓu live in South Africa go to the news feed on DSTV and check out their news feeds...Ridiculous

      Ray - 2012-04-25 09:13

      If the world neede an enema,they would stick it in Lagos.Nigeria is an awful place compared to its near neighbours such as Ghana,Togo etc.

      Omo - 2012-04-25 13:44

      @Ray, a man of your age and educational qualification should not make such ill-informed comments. You went to Nigeria in 1972 and concluded that Nigeria in 2012 is an awful place. I wonder what you teach the kids at your academy. Funny you should say that because that same awful Nigeria is where many SA companies are relocating to because of the ease of doing business and the loving nature of it’s citizenry. Nigeria has its infrastructural problems no doubt but ordinary Nigerians are warm hearted and treat South Africans with respect and love. The same can not be said of South Africans, great infrastructure does not necessarily make a great country ,it is the people that actually make a great country. Nigerians are accommodating towards foreigners while South Africans are hostile to foreigners, go figure.

  • Ray - 2012-04-25 09:10

    I went there for a few days in 1972-there was no water there then.Fortunately,there was a huge storm which reduced visibility to a few feet,so I took my soap and showered on the university lawn.

      Bolaji - 2012-04-25 15:16

      Ray, it is such a pity to see a man of your age make such a myopic statement. Nigeria was 10 years old when you last visited. Without prejudice to any to any country in Europe, none of the had what the have now at 10 years old. You are a grown up man with grey hair, I really hope and pray your ignorance doesn't go with you to your maker.

      sbjtundde - 2012-04-25 21:51

      @Ray...1972 and you are suppose to be a teacher??? No wonder South African student turning out to be less average students..Ray you are a genius daft.

  • fdalana - 2012-04-25 11:29

    God bless Nigeria.

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