FUTO reopens for activities after 3 months shut down because of violent protest – FUTO News

Three months after the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) in Imo State was shut in response to a violent students’ protest, the school has re-opened for activities. The resumption followed the recommendations by a panel set up by the school Senate to look into the violence.

There were several botched attempts by the school to resume after the panel concluded its findings, but the resumption was delayed till last week.

Students were asked to pay reparation fee of N12,500 as part of the conditions for resumption. There was also no reduction in the school fees – the cause of the protest.


As they returned, students were required to present evidence of payment of approved school fee, evidence of payment of surcharge fee, and signed letters of undertaking to be of good conduct.

Postgraduate students were exempted from praying the reparation fee. The school said the first semester exams would start three weeks after the resumption.

The students demonstrated against fee increment. The protest started peacefully before it resulted in destruction of school properties.

Fifteen students were arrested in connection with the violence that marred the protest.


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