The management of the University of Jos (UNIJOS) has suspended all academic activities for the 2019/2020 session until further notice. This is due to insecurity in the state.
Recently in the news, Plateau State was rough with killings of of 22 Muslims by yet-to-be identified individuals.
Following the killings, rumours emerged that there are plans to carry out reprisal attacks on non-Muslims, forcing parents and different state governments to withdraw students from the institution.
In a statement signed on Saturday by its Registrar, Monday Danjem on Friday, UNIJOS directed students on campus to vacate their hostels with immediate effect.
The Press statement released by UNIJOS MANAGEMENTS
“Following the risky and precarious insecurity situation in Jos, the imposition of dusk to dawn curfew, which has affected the academic activities including the suspension of Second Semester Examinations for the 2019/2020 Academic Session in the University of Jos, the University continued to experience the loss of lives of some of our students.
“Consequently, the Management of the University of Jos, after an emergency meeting with the Committee of Deans, Directors and Provost on Friday, 20th August, 2021, has approved the suspension of Examinations for the Second Semester 2019/2020 Academic Session and all Academic Activities in the University until further notice subject to ratification by the Senate of the University
“Management’s decision was taken following an Emergency Meeting of Management and the Committee of Deans, Directors and Provost of the University held on Friday 20th August 2021 in view of the intensified killings of students around the University of Jos area shortly after the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew in the state on Monday, 19th August, 2021, and also considering that it will be risky to delay security measures to stop the brutal killings of students and protect the lives of students, and also considering the high risk involved in having a Senate meeting in the present risky and precarious security situation in which the brutal killings of students and staff of the University seem to be on the rise.
“All Students of the University resident in the various Hostels are to return home or safer places until normalcy is restored. Students are also advised to use safe means of transportation to their respective safer destinations.”
The school also appealled that a joint patrol team of armed soldiers and other law enforcement agencies should beef up security and ensure that students are adequately protected as they evacuate their hostels to safe destinations.
“Students are to note that adequate notice will be given to them when normalcy is fully restored in Jos and environs to enable them to return for the completion of their second-semester examinations and other academic activities,” the school added.