Otuoke community shuts down Federal University over employment, admission

The members of the Otuoke community in Ogbia Local Government Area, Bayelsa, on Thursday took to the streets and barricaded the entrance to the Federal University in the area.

The community was protesting the university’s non-implementation of the employment and admission quota due to it.

Otuoke is the home town of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The protesters, carrying placards and singing solidarity songs, marched to the entrance of the university and blocked the access road to it, forcing the school authorities to suspend the on-going end of semester examinations.

The university was subsequently shut down.

“We have watched the way things are going and we are not satisfied with the conduct of the Vice Chancellor and Registrar of the institution. It is our view that they should be relieved of their positions to allow the university to grow,” a member of the community, James Samuel said.

Reacting to the development, Mobolaji Aluko, the Vice Chancellor of the university said that he and the Registrar of the institution had engaged the aggrieved community representatives in a dialogue.

Mr. Aluko said that the contentious issues had been significantly resolved while the disrupted examinations would continue on Friday.

“The Registrar and I had a long meeting with a number of the community’s representatives on their three issues of concern. (Firstly,) the non-existence of an MOU between the community and the University; we have explained that the final draft from the side of the University was submitted to the King almost four months ago now, after extensive consultations with the Community. It is now left to the Community to respond.

“A list of 319 Otuoke community members was submitted for immediate employment earlier this year. It came without application letters or CVs/resume. A demand that they all be employed was deemed impossible by the University, as applicants would have to be interviewed first – consistent with due process and specific needs of the university, as well as budgetary constraints. Currently, the University has 1,040 students and 1,300 staffs, a stark imbalance.

“On the insufficient number of students admitted in the 2014/2015 exercise, the University has explained that only 269 so far out of about 550 students total who are to be admitted, have been published. And more members of the Otuoke community are included in the next batch to be submitted to JAMB for clearance,” Mr. Aluko said.

Meanwhile, operatives of the Joint Task Force, JTF, dispersed the protesters to restore normalcy and allow free flow of traffic in and out of the community.


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  • Jizzle

    this is not acceptable. it is the President’s village and everyone there must be put on payroll of the university immediately. How an Aluko became the VC is not acceptable. Every one who has moved near the four walls of any school must either be admitted or given employment. I thought this was why the university was sighted in Otuoke in the first place? Resource control applies to everything. not just oil.

  • amazing2012

    Are they going to be admitted and employed on merit or because the school is situated in their area. Those that are qualified should be considered but you can ask to employ or admits incompetent people into the school. So now no need of interview and screening to particular people while others applicants can pass through all the protocol. Only in Nigeria this can happen !

  • The Nationalst

    “Currently, the University has 1,040 students and 1,300 staffs, a stark imbalance.” Only in Nigeria cana a university have more staff than students. And they are clamouring for 319 more to be employed

  • amazing2012

    Thank you nationalist, only in Nigeria because a President come from an area then everything most be giving to them. And dumped us quiet to talk or call them to order for embarrassing him. Now any community that has federal university or institution should also ask for favour of job and admission not on merit but because of geographical favour and those communities that does not have any of those institution should remain under develop without progress not even an admission no matter how brilliant their children are.
    Jonathan is curse to Nigeria !

  • Jizzle

    Amazing 2012, how dare you insult the crowned emperor of Nigeria despite all the good he has done? HAs he not improved electricity, made the economy the largest in Africa and chased out all the corrupt elements from the PDP? What else do you want from him? He gave every state a university thus creating new jobs. he has restricted embezzlement to only what is necessary to rule and yet you say he is a curse? He tamed Ebola and made sure Boko Haram operates only in the north. the number of private jets in Nigeria is the highest in Africa. He sure deserves a third and fourth term. if possible

  • Julius

    These people are fishermen. Let them go and fish in the creeks, and drink their ogogoro. What do they know of education? How does a university employ a fish? Let them wait for the Dumbo to return on 29 May 2015 and they will realize that Nigeria is for everybody.

  • Olu Ade

    Nigeria we hail thee… The true Entitled Dumbo Otuoke people. Just turn the university to a University of Fisheres, and make d Ogogoro drinking people professors and lecturers.

    Food for thought:
    1. How will Nigeria look now, if communities around Unilag, ABU, OAU Ife, University of Ibadan etc had insisted on being the only entitled when these universities were founded?

    2. How will oil in South south have been developed if Other people refused that money made from Cocoa, groundnut, Lagos ports etc should not be used then.

    Thanks for letting the world know what we are dealing with in Nigeria. This is a new front added to their current ways of collecting ransome from oil companies, bunkering and pipe lines vandalization. All day, they drink their Ogogoro till they finish their loot and then start the cycle of robbing oil companies over and over again.

    Dumbo tell your people that they are embarrassing you!

  • Olu Ade

    ““A list of 319 Otuoke community members was submitted for immediate employment earlier this year. It came without application letters or CVs/resume. A demand that they all be employed was deemed impossible by the University, as applicants would have to be interviewed first – consistent with due process and specific needs of the university, as well as budgetary constraints….

    I SHAKE MY HEAD FOR NAIJA….heading for the rocks

  • Olu Ade

    “…the non-existence of an MOU between the community and the University; we have explained that the final draft from the side of the University was submitted to the KING almost four months ago now, after extensive consultations with the Community. It is now left to the Community to respond.”

    They are too drunk to read and reply to a document, all they want his their entitlement as son of the soil

    MOU between a Federal University and King of Otuoke? Really or am I dreaming?

    I AM CRYING FOR MY BELOVED COUNTRY…Naija is heading to the bottom!

  • Olu Ade

    Nigeria we hail thee… The true Entitled Dumbo Otuoke people. Just turn the university to a University of Fisheres, and make d Ogogoro drinking people professors and lecturers.

    Food for thought:
    1. How will Nigeria look now, if communities around Unilag, ABU, OAU Ife, University of Ibadan etc had insisted on being the only entitled when these universities were founded?

    2. How will oil in South south have been developed if Other people refused that money made from Cocoa, groundnut, Lagos ports etc should not be used then.

    Thanks for letting the world know what we are dealing with in Nigeria. This is a new front added to their current ways of collecting ransome from oil companies, bunkering and pipe lines vandalization. All day, they drink their Ogogoro till they finish their loot and then start the cycle of robbing oil companies over and over again.

    Dumbo tell your people that they are embarrassing you!

  • Olu Ade

    If northerners or a northern community do this…. Imagine what we will all be saying now… Food for thought.