By GRACE AUDU
The Management of the Admiralty University of Nigeria (ADUN), in Deltas State, says it would continue to uphold high standards for its students, and to do everything possible to make its education accessible to indigent students and other candidates from other vulnerable groups.
Acting President of ADUN, Professor Leonard Shilgba, who made the clarification in a statement on Wednesday, also explained that the University cannot be blamed for last week’s protest by a group of students under the sponsorship of the Presidential Amnesty Program (PAP) over alleged reduction of their stipend (called In-Training Allowance).
He expressed Management’s regrets for the inconvenience caused by the action taken by the group of students under the PAP to study at the university, who on April 5, 2019,embarked on a protest along the Ibusa – Ugwashi Uku Expressway.on and around the University campus.
“The students were demanding payment of their stipend (called In-Training Allowance) by their sponsors – the Presidential Amnesty Program Office – which they claimed was reduced from 70,000 per month to 25,000 per month by the PAP Office in Abuja,” he explained.
“The students were also requesting that those of them who were considered ineligible for admission be “regularized” by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and allowed to register for 100 Level courses at ADUN, even though they do not possess the required JAMB results and cut off points,” he added.
According to the statement, “while most of the protesting students are not fully registered at the Admiralty University of Nigeria and the protest was not directed at the University, Management expresses regrets for the inconvenience caused by the action taken by this group on and around the University campus.”
“The University wishes the public to know that the University is not responsible for fixing or determining the allowances paid or payable by PAP to any of their sponsored students,” it maintained.
Professor Shilgba, who noted that ADUN has established high standards for its students, said the University would continue to uphold same in as much as it is willing to do everything possible to make its education accessible to indigent students and other candidates from other vulnerable groups.
“We express our deep appreciation to the Nigerian security forces in the area and community members for their quick intervention that ensured a quick resolution of the situation and resumption of normal academic activities at the University within a very short time,” he said.
The statement further hinted that all the affected students would be thoroughly screened before they will be considered for resumption at the University.
The Admiralty University of Nigeria was founded by the Nigerian Navy in partnership with international partners offering, among others, degree programs in emerging fields such as Forensic Science, Cyber Security, Software Engineering, Computer Science, and regular degree programs in other areas, starting now with three faculties: Arts and Social Sciences, Management Sciences, and Science.
The University is fully accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC), admits students through the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), and is currently accepting applications for admission from candidates who are now writing the 2019/2020 JAMB, even if they did not select it when they registered for the examination.
According to the acting President, Admission is currently ongoing for the 2019/2020 academic session.