Students of the University of Port Harcourt have shutdown all academic activities in the institution. All entry and exit points in the institution have been placed under lock and key, leaving the management staff and students stranded.
The students started the protest as early as 5a.m, Monday morning. The protesters, who are being led by the leadership of the student union, have also barricaded all access roads leading to the institution, including the major East-West road and the Choba-Uniport road.
The students are protesting against the hike in school fees and other levies. One of the students who does not want his name mentioned said,
“we pay the highest amount of school fees in Nigeria. Among all the Federal Universities in this country, UNIPORT pays highest. They will still ask us to pay faculty dues, departmental dues, exam registration fees and many others.
“We are sick and tired of all these payments. They even went ahead to issue a deadline for these payments not considering that things are hard for our parents.
“We decided to embark on this protest today because 1st semester exams are supposed to start today and what we have done is to stop it from holding.”